Hold the front page reports that Barron,taking part in a debate about the future of the regional press staged at London’s City University said that,
We are obviously facing a digital future, but I still think newspapers have a future for at least 10-15 years."
Writing on his blog he continued
A paper like The Northern Echo still has a healthy, loyal readership and it is attracting more and more readers to its website.
Advertising is well down on a year ago, thanks to the recession, but showing signs of improvement - fingers crossed that the economy goes the right way.