Danie Toerien
2 minute read
14 Sep 2021
5:10 am

ANC has to go before the newspapers die

Danie Toerien

It’s obvious that some newspaper titles are on their last legs, I can’t help but wonder what the last front page of the last newspaper will look like.

General views of the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg, 9 December 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

The other day I was looking at the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ reports regarding newspaper sales in the second quarter of this year – and they don’t make for good reading. Looking at the numbers, it’s obvious that some newspaper titles are on their last legs. The flipside of the coin is that many titles are growing their online readership exponentially, so while newspapers might one day be relegated to the history books, the gathering and distribution of news by credible, professional journalists seems to be very much alive. Being a newspaper man – with the emphasis on paper –...