Willie O’Reilly: Why Trump’s exit could be bad news for media profits

Consumption of the ‘quality press’ was in steep decline but newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post effectively became the opposition to his government

19th November, 2020
Willie O’Reilly: Why Trump’s exit could be bad news for media profits
Donald Trump’s presidency has been a financial boon to his media critics and supporters. Picture: Getty

Joe Biden is now president-elect of the United States, having closed out his victory with 306 electoral college votes. Someone just needs to tell the incumbent.

Donald Trump will be missed when he eventually goes. Perhaps not by many, but by a few. I’m thinking particularly of those for whom the business of media keeps them awake at night. Those who worry about paying rents, journalists salaries, digital subscription numbers, dwell times or even shareholder dividends....

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