From the ed­i­tor

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Deb­o­rah Jones

DUR­ING the past cou­ple of weeks I’ve had oc­ca­sion to tele­phone and email read­ers who left me mes­sages about the re­cent change to our tele­vi­sion pro­grams, which re­stricts cov­er­age to only Satur­day and Sun­day’s free-to-air net­works. Ob­vi­ously I didn’t hear from peo­ple for whom the pro­grams are of no or lit­tle in­ter­est — well, I lie: there was one per­son who said they were happy we didn’t re­duce our ed­i­to­rial cov­er­age and that they didn’t care about the TV list­ings. It’s nat­u­ral peo­ple should get in touch only when they are un­happy rather than when things are tod­dling along ac­cord­ing to plan and cus­tom. So I have been hear­ing from lots of you and, while I’ve been on the re­ceiv­ing end of a fair bit of criticism, it has also been an hon­our to speak to older read­ers who have been buy­ing The Week­end Aus­tralian for decades. True, it’s not so much of a thrill to be shouted at, but in­spir­ing to talk to those who were keen to have a chat about the pa­per, the rapid pace of change, new tech­nolo­gies and so on, and to hear of their great fond­ness for the pa­per. When I started as a jour­nal­ist I worked for a small coun­try daily news­pa­per and it was a cer­tainty you’d bump into peo­ple who were closely af­fected by what you were writ­ing about. For them it was of the great­est im­por­tance and cer­tainly put mat­ters into per­spec­tive. For me, in this re­cent set of close en­coun­ters, the most touch­ing con­ver­sa­tions were with quite el­derly read­ers who said they’d give on­line pro­grams a go. I know not ev­ery­one wants to do that; I know there are some who can­not do that; I def­i­nitely ac­cept ev­ery­one’s right to say ex­actly what they think, even if it comes in a ro­bust form. But what­ever your views, your pas­sion gives hope that news­pa­pers will be around for a while yet.

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