Friday, August 2, 2019

"Turmoil inside the L.A. Times as weak digital subscription numbers spark all-staff meeting"

Yikes (I'm a subscriber to LATimes and WaPost):

"We had hoped to double digital subscriptions this year, to 300,000," Pearlstine said, in the past tense. He revealed that the first half of the year had been disappointing. "While we added 52,000 digital subscriptions," he said, "significant cancellations during the same stretch left us with a net increase of only 13,000." So right now the paper only has about 170,000 digital-only subscribers — a fraction of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.