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German press crunch time could imperil democracy

November 22, 2012

The oldest national paper is insolvent and Financial Times Deutschland is in limbo. German quality publications are suffering from the familiar problems of old media in the internet age. The sector is vital for the country. It might soon have to argue for a public bailout.

Scardino exit reignites FT sale speculation

By Hugo Dixon
October 3, 2012

Pearson’s departing CEO famously said she would sell the Financial Times “over my dead body”. The chairman is also fond of the pink paper, and her successor has been at the group for 15 years. Still, post Scardino, Pearson will be less attached to the barely profitable paper.

Buffett steals page from odd playbook: Murdoch’s

November 30, 2011

The Berkshire Hathaway boss is buying his local newspaper publisher, defying his own investment advice. The Sage of Omaha can’t need more influence in his own backyard. But like other fogeys including Rupert Murdoch, he can’t shake a soft spot for print and its enduring clout.

Still too early to call McClatchy’s recovery

February 1, 2010

McClatchy's prospects are looking up – just a year after investors seemed to expect the newspaper publisher to go bust.