Online Media Has taken the Shine off our Business – Newspaper Vendors Lament

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Newspaper vendors express concern over the negative impact of online media on their businesses.

According to newspaper vendors and sales representatives of certain print media houses in Enugu, their businesses are being severely impacted by online media.

Mr. Emmanuel Okeke, with more than three decades of experience in the industry, expressed his concern, describing the current situation as highly unfavorable.

He said, “I have been in this business for over 30 years, built a house with it, married and raised children with the business but since I joined the business, I have never had it so bad.”

“Things started declining as the online media crept into the business, many of the readers now enjoy reading on their mobile phones.”

“Before I used to receive 500 copies of the newspaper and sometimes you cannot find unsold at the end of the day but today I receive less than 100 copies and 70 per cent is unsold,”

“Since the advent of online media, people no longer read hard copies, before you see someone buying newspaper unless he had an advert or change of name.”

“The situation has been made worse by the current hardship, people prefer to use their money to find food than to read newspaper; so, it’s as bad as that.”

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