Give My Regards to Broadsheet


Tabloids continue to batter their bigger bretheren worldwide, according to The Economist:

Broadsheets are mostly seeing their circulation slowly dwindle as older readers die and young people choose other sources for news and entertainment. They are also facing tough new competition from free commuter tabloids such as those published by Metro International, a Swedish firm. The trend is not entirely new. Spain has no broadsheets left at all, and in Italy Monrif Group switched its three leading papers, in Milan, Florence and Bologna, to tabloid format in 2001.

At Britain's Independent, total circulation has risen by about 15% from last year thanks to its small edition. This month it dropped its broadsheet edition altogether. As many as 30 papers from around the world are thinking about doing something similar, according to Jim Chisholm at the World Association of Newspapers.

Meanwhile, new titles keep springing up everywhere you look; on a recent weekend in Palm Springs, I encountered a snappy little something called The D.