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Do accountants still read a daily newspaper ?

17th Nov 2015
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I was brought up in a household where the paper dropped through the letterbox on a daily basis and the news was digested in a serious manner , something fairly common amongst the populace , save for those for whom the daily trip to the newsagent was as necessary as a morning coffee. Mum and Dad were of a generation where the papers could deliver news that may have been of earth shattering importance , possibly upon which one's life could depend somehow or other. They simply had to keep up to date. Mum still listens to the news every hour almost. I think the radio is hard wired into her lighting circuit.

Since setting up home I have never ever subscriber nor purchased a daily paper on anything like a regular basis. After all what threats were there ?  Trips out for the day or on holiday perhaps, but who had time otherwise . Anything newsworthy would be on the bastion of truth and fair play - the Beeb ! 

Previous comment is tongue in cheek by the way

However , a few years ago I did subscribe to a weekly mag and for the past year or two I have actually subscribed to an online paper , updated throughout the day no less . So why the change ? 

Is it because I am no longer practising as an accountant (so not busy any more) or has the wheel come full circle and my generation needs the news NOW 24/7 ?

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By mattias
17th Nov 2015 21:05

Balance is everything
Doesn't matter how you access the news provided that you have enough information from a number of fairly trusted sources. Hard copy is essential where broadband is so poor - BT and HMRC run each other close in their failure to achieve customer satisfaction.

On reception we keep The Times and Private Eye. On paper we also read The Week, Spectator, FT, weekends always, weekdays sometimes, Car and Classic Car magazines. Online we read Telegraph, Guardian, New Statesman.

This is all very well but its quiz night next Tuesday when once again our small knowledge of these things called 'celebrities' will show us up and condemn us to second place. If only there was room in life for Hello magazine but sadly there isn't.

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By girlofwight
17th Nov 2015 22:31

Even with appalling internet my Times is downloaded and read daily, even if it's midnight. It's tradition...

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By Norman Younger
18th Nov 2015 08:48

Midnight reading

I  must admit reading a broadsheet in bed on a tablet is a heck of a lot easier than the real thing .

My subscription is to the FT online as I find the stories are proper stories and not full of "my neighbour's hamster karate chopped my cat"  sort of stuff. Let's face it most papers don't carry real news more the stuff of tittle tattle and interesting reading

As an active investor the FT give me a feel for real life issues closer to home and the commentaries are still interesting if not a tad heavy

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
18th Nov 2015 10:21

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FT is the only remaining broadsheet.

I have given up on the Telegraph and the Times as they are just woeful and seemingly largely pursuing their proprietors agenda's.  They seem to be positioned now about where the Mail was 30 years ago, which is now occupying Sun territory. I have no idea what is in the Sun, it seems to be in Daily Sport fantasy territory from what I can make out from the front cover. 

I go for a broad range, online I go for Guardian and BBC, and in print FT (not every day), Private Eye and the highest quality of all, Viz.

 

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By Norman Younger
18th Nov 2015 12:45

Telegraph and Sun

The Telegraph , or perhaps better monikered as "The Daily Torygraph" comes across as somewhat patronising and righteous. I always chuckle when I look at their wonderful readers' offers that pass off products as being the best and superb value blah blah bah

As to the Sun , it exists to give white van drivers something to read when the lights are on red and to let said driver  and his mate know how to  vote in a general election

 

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By k743snx
18th Nov 2015 13:10

Newspapers

Flying Scotsman wrote:

The Telegraph , or perhaps better monikered as "The Daily Torygraph" comes across as somewhat patronising and righteous. I always chuckle when I look at their wonderful readers' offers that pass off products as being the best and superb value blah blah bah

As to the Sun , it exists to give white van drivers something to read when the lights are on red and to let said driver  and his mate know how to  vote in a general election

 

At least the DT doesn't make any bones about where it's allegiance lies - the one calling itself "The Independent" - well, it isn't. As for the Sun, it's a "bend with the wind, go with the flow" kind of publication, like most of its readership.

 

 

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By Old Greying Accountant
18th Nov 2015 17:15

I read a paper ...

... can't see the need for online news, nothing is that important it can't wait for a daily update.

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By Norman Younger
19th Nov 2015 08:07

Online news

I am minded to agree . The trouble with live 24/7 newsfeeds is that firstly it can create a sense of unease and panic , and secondly it makes us immune to terrible events

I recall my grandfather in his eighties reading the paper from cover to cover and tut-tutting to himself as he read articles about mudslides, earthquakes and war taking place in far flung parts of the world. In these days news was news and it made an impression. And this was a generation that knew what catastrophe really was.

Us ? We simply turn the page or click on the mouse and move on from the hyperbole jumping off the screen

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By Knight Rider
25th Nov 2015 11:40

Telegraph

Still have a Telegraph subscription. Its a break to read something not on a screen. The business and motoring sections are worth the subscription on their own. The letters pages provide light relief!

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By Norman Younger
25th Nov 2015 12:28

Telegraph

I read it at Mum's . I do like the business coverage and find some letters quite amusing

But you can't read it under the covers in bed....

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