Paxman fears for future of newspapers

Bucks Free Press: Paxman fears for future of newspapers Paxman fears for future of newspapers

A RENOWNED broadcaster has expressed his fears for the future of newspapers as the industry continues to struggle to stave off decline.

Speaking exclusively to the Marlow Free Press, Jeremy Paxman, confirmed his belief in the importance of papers to keep a check on those in power.

In particular, he acknowledged the role of regional newspapers such as the Free Press, in reporting on the decisions and actions taken by councils.

At an event in Marlow, where he was promoting his new book Great Britain's Great Empire, he said: "This is a real worry I think, the future of newspapers, a real worry.

"But I don't know what the answer is.

"The difficulty in books, TV, radio, online, and papers, no one knows what the future is.

"I don't think anybody knows where it is all going and it's a very bad state of affairs when we have newspapers which are under the threat they are under now."

Discussing the scrutinising role local papers play in the democratic system, he said he agreed with the view that they play an important and necessary one that without them would be left unfulfilled.

He said: "Somebody needs to keep their eyes on these people."

As for youngsters and those at university hoping to get into the news industry, with the uncertainty surrounding it, he encourages them to consider their options.

He said: "I get a lot of emails and letters from young people who want to get into this trade. I urge them to think again secure in the knowledge that if they are put off that readily they are not suited to it."


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