There is an irony that this wasn’t announced by the papers reporters in the paper, but on their FaceBook page, which sums up the problem. The internet I fast doing away with conventional newspapers.
Tomorrow’s edition will be the last one, I guess they have kept this pretty quiet until now so as not to halt the advertising revenue until the last possible moment.
The Thanet Times first started in 1896, it was bought out by its rival the Isle of Thanet Gazette and closed in 1918, they eventually restarted it in 1958.
Both newspapers do have an official internet presence, albeit a very clunky one. E-Editions being available at http://eeditions.nmgl.co.uk/kent you have to fill out a form to read the Thanet Times and pay to Read the Gazette. Alternatively most of the articles in the papers are available, for free and without any form filling, at http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/people/Thanet%20Times/profile.html and http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/people/Isle%20of%20Thanet%20Gazette/profile.html respectively.
The problem here is very similar to the problem I face as a bookseller. With so much to read available for nothing, how do you get anyone to pay for reading anything?
With newspapers, especially local ones, this adds the problem of how one pays for the sort of investigative journalism that was part of life’s check and balances.
As a blogger, phoning up the owners of newspapers, to get a news story about the said newspaper doesn’t come up with much in the way of results, the big question being, are The Isle of Thanet Gazette’s days numbered? In an overall sense having talked to both the paper’s owners Northcliffe Media and local journalists, the answer seems to be that it keeps going for now or more optimistically they are consolidating all of their resources into one publication, which will be greatly improved as a result.
I guess the idea is that most people would read it on their smart phone on the way to work, unfortunately the front page and associated lead article has a corrupt file on the mobile version of the E-Reader so here is a link to the lead article that will open on your smart phone http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Thanet-Times-publishes-final-edition-116-years/story-17019016-detail/story.html
Update, Here is the link to the E-Edition of today’s the last edition of The Thanet Times http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?pbid=1e459ab7-9e3a-47ff-8cf6-426a55445a5d