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Absolutely. But that's partly because the newspaper publishers in localities and in the regions were very, very slow in investing in online versions of their newspapers, or adequate online versions of their newspapers, so the advertising which might have slipped out of the hard copy could have slipped into the online part of the newspaper but in fact slipped out of the newspaper's grasp altogether.

So there's been very serious, I would say, underinvestment in the local press by those who owned it, and whereas the national press, the Mail and the Guardian in particular, have done brilliantly in my view in different ways online, the local press owners were very, very remiss indeed, in my view.

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