Friday, May 31, 2013

Quote: The Day the Competition Died

"My major concern is that it is yet another erosion of the competition between newspapers that not only made things more fun for journalists, but better for readers. [Lynchburg's papers] compete with Roanoke in the Bedford and Smith Mountain Lake markets, which are significant, and in the case of Virginia Tech sports. Unfortunately, it's human nature not to work as hard to break a story if there's no danger that the 'other side' will have it first."

--Anonymous veteran journalist on the purchase of Roanoke's daily newspaper by Berkshire Hathaway Newspaper Group, meaning the papers in Roanoke and Lynchburg have the same owner and the same publisher.

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