The real question that the paranoid on here should ponder is how many readers will the 'Times' lose by cutting its already miniscule RL coverage? The answer is almost certainly none. I think this is a commercial decision - they need to make savings due to reduced income in the current economic climate so they're getting rid of someone who effectively doesn't matter in their scheme of things.
There is a problem here but I for one am seriously looking at dumping the Times.
I currently take the Sunday Times largely because I really like Culture Magazine and the news. I take it for granted the RL coverage will be non existent, notwithstanding a rather good semi final review last Sunday but I don't buy a Sunday paper for rugby league coverage. However the news has an obvious Tory bias of late, much more than before, which has irritated me and now sacking Chris Irvine really makes me cross.
I feel really sorry for him. We have our part to play here. Chris Irvine posted on here about his RL blog and received a very negative response. Perhaps if we'd been more positive it might have helped him. Maybe not but who knows he just didn't deserve the stick he got I don't think.
If anyone has any suggestions for a Sunday paper that has a decent arts section the Sunday Times is a gonner from my house just as soon as Chris goes.
Edited by the punt, 12 August 2010 - 03:23 PM.