For some time, I have been meaning to write about recent changes in your paper which I do not like — I still cannot get used to reading a newspaper from back to front, for example. Now I have a second reason to write.
To my great dismay, I read that you are killing “It’s On,” a terrific added value for your subscribers. I loved that little magazine. It drew my attention to and got me recording movies I would have never have noticed. I read articles about TV shows I would otherwise have missed. I enjoyed reading the best of the late-night comics whom I have long since stopped watching.
You say this material is available elsewhere. You mean at the supermarkets, if I think to look, if the weekly is not sold out, and if price does not make me think twice?
You observe that this content is online. I think you are forgetting a very important point — the people who might go online to find what movies are on TV are unlikely to be subscribers to your fine newspaper.
Conversely, as a faithful home subscriber for many years, I am most unlikely to get up from my chair before dinner to consult my computer about TV programmes that may be of interest that night. For what my opinion is worth — and I concede it may be worth very little — you are forgetting about your longtime subscribers, tinkering with what I have always felt was a first-rate paper and may regret not leaving well enough alone.
Edgar G. Goodaire