So the Evening Leader is no more, replaced - as I hinted recently -by the Morning Leader.
Given the direction regional newspapers are taken generally, it's no surprise - the South Wales Evening Post has been printed overnight for more than a year now and others will follow.
The challenge of the internet as a source of news and entertainment is making it more and more difficult to sell newspapers of all kinds. This comment highlights the problem - even newspaper addicts like myself find we can do without buying a newspaper every day. That's a slippery slope to getting all information online - partly because it's quicker and cheaper, but also because it's more comprehensive and geared towards an individual's needs.
If, for example, I want to find out what's happening at Wrexham AFC, both on and off the field, the first point of call would always be Red Passion.
Nevertheless, I have a soft spot for the Leader. I remember as a kid when it first came out in 1973 and we were soon hooked as a family. I also spent four happy years working in the Mold HQ as a sub-editor in the early 1990s. Back then we'd still be working on the front page until about 11am whereas today the paper has already been printed and is on sale in the town centre by then. So deadlines have moved and there is less of today's news in the paper.
The key issue that no paper - from the Leader to Rupert Murdoch's stable of reactionary rags - has yet worked out is how to charge for the content on the web in the same way as they charge for a newspaper. By its nature, internet readership is more fragmented with some opting only for the news or sports sections or even just one specific story that can be e-mailed to friends and colleagues. Advertising is also migrating to the internet but to what extent will probably determine the fate of the local press.
For what it's worth, I think the best of the local press will overcome the internet and mobile phone challenge, just as they overcame radio, television and teletext in turn. It remains a convenient and relatively cheap way to access news - and you read a paper in the bath!