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Do you buy a daily newspaper?

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has asked the public to “add one small thing” to their to-do list and buy a newspaper as the press grapples “with the biggest existential crisis in its history”.

The newspaper business has come under increasing strain amid the coronavirus pandemic, with falling advertising revenue and declining circulation.

Two of the UK’s biggest publishers have cut wages for staff in the latest round of measures to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), which owns the Mail, Metro and the i newspaper titles, has imposed a pay cut on all staff earning over £40,000 a year.

And Reach, owner of the Mirror and Express papers, said all staff will see a pay cut of at least 10% due to heavy falls in advertising and circulation.

Writing in The Times, he said: “Despite the massive disruption the coronavirus lockdown is causing to the production and distribution of news, those working in the industry have shown a dogged determination to keep the show on the road.

“Right now the news industry is doing a vital public service by giving important information to people as the pandemic unfolds.”

He added: “As the country fights our greatest national emergency since the Second World War the press is grappling with arguably the biggest existential crisis in its history.

“National, regional and local newspapers are under huge financial pressure, largely because of plummeting commercial advertising on their printed pages and websites.

Mr Dowden said an irreversible decline in news publishing would have “far-reaching implications for democracy in our country”

“Newspapers are at heart of the British media and essential to its vibrant mix. People across the country are rising to the coronavirus challenge and I suggest we all add one small thing to our to-do list: buy a paper.”

Do you buy a daily newspaper?  Do you have one delivered to your door? Or do you read your news online?

Do you buy a daily newspaper?

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Felix1
7th Jul 2020
0
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I gave up buying newspapers years ago. My husband still buys his daily ‘comic’, page three girls and football. Full of doom and gloom otherwise. I watch daily news on tv. Its enough for me.
pattipatel6969
19th Jun 2020
0
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Rubbish papers.

Never go into ordinary people s problems.

Owned by big business and working against the ordinary people.

I'm amazed that people still read these tags, especially The Scum in the North of England!

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Penygbob
18th Jun 2020
0
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Newspapers and journalists seek to sensationalise whatever the subject matter of the day is. Unbiased reporting is a thing of the past if, it ever existed. Many of today's journalists are twenty-somethings that lack the tact and experience for the job. They are too fond of thinking it is their opinion that is what the paper they write for needs. Editors are only there to make sure their newspapers sell so consequently the truth on their pages can be interpreted any way you please. I like to think I can think for myself.
Sammons
2nd Jun 2020
2
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I don’t buy newspapers anymore because all the media feed us is NEGATIVETY Constantly.
They harass people hound people, report lies, all the media needs to take a long hard look at themselves
Valleyman
21st May 2020
2
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Unfortunately poor eyesight means I can't read the print. However the blatant prejudice of the main stream media makes the BBC, Sky, Mirror, and Mail laughable. Watch Youtube instead. Plenty of free speechers on there. Sargon, Triggonmetry, So You're Saying, try them out.
Supersabre
17th May 2020
1
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I used to before the lock down. But, I have done without, so I will not be buying one afterwards. Another comment said too much negative and biased reporting.. And I fully agree.
Havering
10th May 2020
3
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The tabloids have dug their own hole, given the lack of honesty, biased reporting and fictionalised story telling, they get what they deserve, there are way too many newspapers out there.
ChrisJ124
9th May 2020
2
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I don't trust the newspapers, they deal in speculation and sources unknown. If I want to read fiction, I'll read a book
Mr Murdock
7th May 2020
0
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The older generation fought for
Freedom of speech not just in word
But also in print
I may not agree in all that I read
But I am clad that I have the freedom to be able to choose
Rose of Tralee
7th May 2020
0
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There is enough bad news on tv and I avoid the shop anyway.
Only get one on Saturdays for the tv programmes. Usually
a neighbours gets it for us.
Talbot
7th May 2020
0
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Due to completely isolating (with two grandchildren !), we can't get out to buy a newspaper, so get the "i" paper digitally. This also means less waste paper to dispose of.
patmca
1st May 2020
2
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Most of the MSM is just a conservative propaganda machine. I have no interest in their unbalanced articles so do not buy daily newspapers. For many years we bought the Mail and Times each day but stopped about 5 years ago. We continued to buy the Sunday papers but we have just about stopped that as well. I get my news online from several sources as I try to read as wide a range of views as possible. Cannot see me ever buying a daily paper on a regular basis ever again.
Jazmin297
1st May 2020
4
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Most of the mainstream press is filled with negativity, gossip and downright lies designed to fit the agenda of their billionaire tax dodging proprietors. The sooner they disappear the better for our democracy. The results of the Brexit referendum and the last general election have been fatally warped by the likes of the daily mail.
bairbre34
1st May 2020
0
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I read newspapers on line or by app
morfyddbach
30th Apr 2020
0
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Read the newspapers online most of the time. Occasionally but the Independent!
morfyddbach
30th Apr 2020
0
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Sorry buy not but!
jeaniembe
29th Apr 2020
0
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We had been having two newspapers before lockdown. However unable to get any delivered where we live. Only have one android tablet, so don't really want to have papers online. Will return to buying the. Newspapers when all this is over. Although news at times can be biased it is better than relying on the internet.
Llynfi
29th Apr 2020
0
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I enjoy Western Mail and occasionally Independent. But not lately. Not just newspapers but television news hysterically over do news until you tend to shut off. I use the red button mostly these days for a quick update once a day. That way you don’t feel as if you are drowning in it, whether it’s trivial like Harry & Meghan doing a runner or serious news like the Coronavirus
JanJ4
25th Apr 2020
0
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I love my Daily Mail.
spedders
24th Apr 2020
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There is no way I will subscribe to current MAM print media. They are owned by right wing elites and parrot whatever policies and strategies they believe will keep them in power and making money
Livesteamer
24th Apr 2020
0
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I receive the Times on line.
Eleanor Graham
24th Apr 2020
0
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I have not felt the newspapers as a whole are to be trusted in their reporting.I find listening to them or reading their published articles abhorrent and biased.I get my news from a more reliable source .
PaulR3
24th Apr 2020
0
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I stopped having a daily paper delivered due to large regular
increases in the paper price ( Daily Telegraph ). I will start buying again when the price is more reasonable.
HowardWayne
24th Apr 2020
0
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Have only certain parts I keep up with
stillworking
24th Apr 2020
0
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The standard of journalism in the tabloids is very poor. I cringe when I see some of the grammar. Sensationalism seems to be the way to try to gain readers. I don't believe a word they say. The BBC isn't much better.
SueC62
24th Apr 2020
0
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Hard copy is outdated. I subscribe to one but read most to see the various takes on a single subject. It's quite horrifying how facts are omitted or twisted to gain required reactions from the public. My 'favourites' at the moment are the 'delayed' consignment from Turkey and the EU PPE scheme.
SueC62
24th Apr 2020
0
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I should have said I subscribe and read digitally.
olivep
24th Apr 2020
1
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Cant imagine breakfast without the newspaper.
Sally-JaneB
24th Apr 2020
0
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There is nothing better than. having breakfast and reading the newspaper. Recently because of lockdown I switched from print to digital. I’m not sure whether I’ll switch back as am finding reading on my iPad just as enjoyable.
Little3
22nd Apr 2020
0
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From reading comments, it sounds like the print media has a big readership problem with trust. Though I suspect their demise has as much to do with the plethora of audio visual outlets. If they too are perceived to exhibit editorial bias then that leaves us all a bit adrift. I suppose we can watch the Parliamentary Channel, where bias is at least overt 😉
malcolmking
21st Apr 2020
2
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We now have the magazine THIS WEEK delivered each week.
Newspapers such as the Guardian or Daily Mail are too biased.
Mue52
21st Apr 2020
3
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It is essential that we have a free press and not just get our news from TV or social media. The newspaper I buy has fantastic one off pieces that are informative and educational.
I also buy a local newspaper to keep up to date on community news.
JoesGranny
21st Apr 2020
1
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I have bought the ‘ i ‘ since day one. Usually I go out to buy it, but the shop is delivering so I can still enjoy my daily fix of decent news reporting, interesting articles and challenging puzzles.
CaretakerJohn
21st Apr 2020
2
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Ever since Hillsborough "remember the 96" I would never buy a news paper unless it was to wrap my chips, They lie as a matter of course,
SueK32
21st Apr 2020
2
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Usually have a daily newspaper (subscribe and get tokens which we hand in at a shop) but we pick it up ourselves. We live in a rural community and our village shop does not do newspaper delivery in normal times, let alone now. So as we cannot get one delivered we have suspended our subscription membership until the Autumn.
HarryGapman
21st Apr 2020
4
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I’d rather buy the Beano than buy trash like the Currant Bun, Snail or Torygraph.
OldFart
21st Apr 2020
5
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read the Mirror for years but at the time Princess Diana became unpopular with the press I stopped with the DM. I wrote and told them I was disgusted that they had slumped to the level of the other gutter press, Sun, Daily Star etc. They wrote back asking me to reconsider and cellotaped a £1 coin to the letter to kick start buying the DM again, I never did and haven't bought a newspaper since. This century I have relied on a daily dose of BBC news but after their unashamed bias regarding Brexit and currently their pathetic attempts at Boris bashing, I have kicked them into touch. The alternative news channels are litte better so I now have no idea what is going on in the world apart from the daily Covid-19 report from the government (switched off before the stupid repetitive questions of dick-head journalists), and life is great.
stillworking
24th Apr 2020
0
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I couldn't agree more.
Ktrott1998
21st Apr 2020
2
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There is no LESS reliable source for accurate, unbiased information (apart from the BBC) than a newspaper!
Shemade
21st Apr 2020
2
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Perhaps newspapers could concentrate on writing about the actual news and not slanting everything from their own political viewpoint and trashy articles about so called celebs? The Guardian and the I are every bit as bad as the DM & Express etc. I read both viewpoints and hopefully find a more rational middle view.
dementedgranma
21st Apr 2020
1
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Nothing but a load of rubbish, fake news and x rated celebrities
HappyHippie
21st Apr 2020
1
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haven't bought a news paper for years, they use to be great but for a very long time now I have found they are not to be trusted, they just sensationalize stories to sell papers, you rarely get the truth. They are a total waste of money
Travelbug1211
21st Apr 2020
1
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I have not bought a local or national paper for years now. I read headlines, daily covid 19 updates online. I really don't miss a daily paper at all.
BirdofParadise
21st Apr 2020
1
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I buy a Daily Mail every day and have done for as long as I can remember. I would be lost without it. I catch up on my Amazon Fire usually when I am in bed but I just have to have a paper paper to start the day. It's like books. Much prefer to hold the real thing.
Witneymum
21st Apr 2020
3
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I used to, but have given up because of the pandemic. I really don’t miss it!
Yagala
21st Apr 2020
2
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Yes I do buy a daily news paper every day because next to my 3 PC's, I just want to know what is going on in the whole world.
Thus I came to know about some things that really amazed me that others had obviously not noted or seen.
MargaretK93
21st Apr 2020
4
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Having had a newspaper most of my life during the past two years I found I was only using it to light the fire and line the cat litter tray because what they were publishing could not be validated as honest and balanced, so I cancelled it and doubt I will ever trust our media again.
SandraW181
21st Apr 2020
3
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I am a retired publisher who anticipated the end of the newspaper industry in the 1980s and changed industries in the 90s. Most people find it easier to get their news electronically, either on phone tablet or TV, it’s more up to date and easily accessible. I am sad to say that the day of the daily newspaper is over. Sunday’s and local weeklies will survive a little longer but they too are all doomed - the future is electronic - those Publishers who adapt will survive.
Twiggles
21st Apr 2020
3
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It's ok in these modern times to view newspapers on line in these modern times but there is no feeling like holding , reading and doing actual crosswords in your own hands.
Jacjon
21st Apr 2020
2
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I don’t not buy any newspapers have not for years, because I believe that they will blown any news out of proportion just to sell their papers look at what they done to the Royal Family ,
margy39
21st Apr 2020
2
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Unable to get a reliable delivery and unable to get out. ( no longer drive ) and 'fair walk ' to nearest shop. At 81 I really miss my morning read.
Billythequiche
21st Apr 2020
5
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I do, I enjoy reading a paper over breakfast. Newspapers are like food and drink, everyones tastes are different; one mans meat is another mans poisson (joke, get it? Sorry). You cannot believe everything in them any more than you can believe the BBC these days. I have to admit, I enjoy having my views challenged and respect publications that allow opposite viewpoints in the same paper. I laugh at their delusion that they lead public opinion, rather than taking the temperature of it and printing it as theirs. My wife reads a paper diametrically opposite to the stance of mine. I read both as I like to see what things look like from opposite poles.
I will not promote my preferred publication as trying to change someones choice of it would be akin to trying to persuade me to change from Islay Malt to Navy Rum; not going to happen.
Apart from going stir crazy, I hope all SilverSurfers are fit and well.
Anneton2
21st Apr 2020
2
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SueE7
21st Apr 2020
3
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Newspapers are full of sensationalism and rubbish.
Wilf
21st Apr 2020
0
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I totally agree and its getting worse!
shrew1742
21st Apr 2020
1
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I stopped buying a paper about 15 years ago. When young I started off with the Mail or Express (1950's & 60's) but eventually - when they started to make up stories and ruin peoples lives as the Mirror & Sun are apt to do - I switched to the Telegraph (late 70's). I read this paper for years and then noted that they started to put in apologetic notes for printing mis-leading stories at least twice a week. I decided that if the Telegraph were printing 'lies' that was it for me with newspapers. I used to still buy the Observer or Times on a Sunday for the sport, but eventually stopped doing that too.
Retiredyorkie
21st Apr 2020
1
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Buy one on the odd occasion when I buy more local weekly paper.

Usually catch the daily news on the BBC
ArchieUK
21st Apr 2020
7
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Whever you get your news from, remember the journalists motto ---
Never let the truth get in front of a good story.
kentrix39
21st Apr 2020
1
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News papers are now far too expensive I get all my news on my laptop and smart phone at least it is up to date some just minutes away from being reported.
Margaret Hart
20th Apr 2020
2
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I couldn’t read any more. News if I did. I read most of 4 papers on the iPad. And a lot of the internet news as well as special programmes on current affairs. I’m not interested in celebrities bar tthe senior Royal Family so feel I am well informed.
laina55
20th Apr 2020
0
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I check the Daily Mail online every morning
GwynethC8
20th Apr 2020
3
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I don't generally have time to read one during the week and just catch the main stories online or via the BBC but I do always get the Guardian on a Saturday as there is so much good content that it lasts me the weekend.
Tr1sh
20th Apr 2020
4
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I haven't bought a paper in years. I usually read the news online or watch BBC News channel.

Mind you, the free papers are good if you are decorating and need something to covers the floors etc. 😉
Lionel
20th Apr 2020
5
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Haven't bought a newspaper in Britain in almost 20 years.

If I'm to spend money on newspapers that's what I want. Not mindless drivel more suited to an ill-educated and culturally illiterate mob.

Online there are many sources of news and for everyone. Blogs are also quite useful for reading other opinions.

Besides which paper copy is far too expensive and now quite unsuitable for wrapping such a noble dish as fish and chips.
Wilf
20th Apr 2020
2
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I agree with the logs Lionel-The Times online comments are very interesting. Some of the comments are more intelligent than the articles.
Lionel
20th Apr 2020
2
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Yes they are that. Sometimes I feel I've learned more of value from a single comment, or perhaps someone's stray thought.
Lionel
21st Apr 2020
2
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The problem with all news reporting, as I see it, is far too much comment and opinion is published/broadcast at the expense of hard core news reporting.

This present crisis is a clear example. Wall to wall opinion from journos. Too many people engaged in vox pops, hungry for their five minutes of fame.

In a nutshell, form over substance.
Wilf
21st Apr 2020
1
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I totally agree. On the very rare occasion when I buy it the Saturday edition of the Financial Times is just full of facts-no opinions. It is about £4 I think so a lot but it is full of facts and not waffle. Even The Times these days seems to have a lot of sensationalism in it-click bait...is the modern term I believe.
bob scott
20th Apr 2020
2
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Newspapers have got themselves in a bit of a rut the past couple of years, valued news is lacking it is full of puzzle ads for overseas holidays and about one page in total of meaning full news, I have mine delivered due to my age, but how much longer, I know not, bring back fleet street when a good story or two were news every day. Bob Scott.
Wilf
20th Apr 2020
2
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After getting The Times for decades I started getting the Timesonline about 2 years ago. I noticed a few things. I used to read the paper copy for about an hour. I read the online copy in 30 minutes. I tend to just scan the online articles but I do enjoy reading readers' comments. the online copy is saving me a fortune. probably about £40 per month which is about £500 a year. Not to be sniffed at in these hard times. The best thing of all is I am helping the environment by every year stopping a couple of trees getting cut down. that has got to be worth a lot.
PurpleHat
20th Apr 2020
4
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Not any more,
I used to buy two or three quality weekend papers mainly looking for a good read and a cross section of intelligent opinions so as to help to form my own hopefully, but firstly this is too costly nowadays, and secondly they are failing in this ,and also full of surplus material, adverts, fashion etc that are totally irrelevant for anyone with a life outside London.
I find that browsing through the various News channels on the TV are more enlightening these days.
MarkEllam
20th Apr 2020
3
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and the main reason i dont buy newspapers is because of the sensationalist, fake and gutter news they contain - why would i want to pay for that ?
FaithHopeCharity
20th Apr 2020
2
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Even though recycling is important , I read my newspaper online. Everything including the newspaper is condensing except for the price.
Wilf
20th Apr 2020
1
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Never a truer word was spoken about the price of newspapers! I only get the times online now and its only about £20 a month which in these hard times is a good value
JE
20th Apr 2020
4
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No I do not buy a daily newspaper. Simply because it rarely has any real news. Too many adverts, too much ‘celebrity’ gossip and regurgitated stories for days on end.
KarenWA
20th Apr 2020
2
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I don't buy newspapers, they are full of propaganda, I go online and read the alternative press.
Felix1
20th Apr 2020
2
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Watch bbc news first thing, then press red button to catch up on rest. Husband buys on every day, despite his protests I am sure it is to see page 3 girls!
Marley444
20th Apr 2020
3
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I haven't bought a newspaper for years and I am not going to start now. There is so much news available online and I have the BBC news app on my phone. Printed papers go out of date so quickly compared to online news which is updated instantly. Not quite sure how the Culture Secretary thinks we should all be going out and buying papers when we have been instructed to stay at home .. has he missed the message?? Maybe he needs to read the papers!
Wilf
20th Apr 2020
3
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Yes but can he read?
Lionel
20th Apr 2020
1
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Mmmm ... doubtful.
Munsterlander
20th Apr 2020
3
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I have always bought the Daily Mail but it seems totally different than the Mail online which seems to me is all celebrity tittletattle and rubbish. The Daily Mail is for my age group. I do think it is biased and too full of adverts but at my age I cannot see me changing. Mind you the best news comes from the BBC online website. I look at it every day about 10 times and trust what it says.

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