November 1st, 2011

The Evening Independent

The Indy and the Standard have begun a slow merger. Despite talk of “separate identities” the Lebedev’s pet Pravda projects have merged their sports and business desks. Guido got thinking, why has no newspaperever tried to go national in the evenings? Only a few more years left to give it a go…


72 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    With Hari as editor?

  2. 2
    AC1 says:

    The evening standard is over-priced, and with this merger with the independent of reality you can see why.

  3. 3
    Tax Payer says:

    You can’t distribute for the evening?

    BTW – ‘Give IT a go…’

  4. 4
    Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

    Not sure about the rest but the Telegraph, Express and Mail cannot have evening editions as their readers are put to bed by their carers at 5.00 pm..

  5. 5
    Peter Grimes says:

    The Deadwood Press in its last death throes!

  6. 6
    Steve Miliband says:

    Rachel Reeves is a right screecher – (at treasury Q’s)

  7. 7
    Billy's anal wart says:

    Hello :)

  8. 8

    Funny really, nobody ever admits they read the express and mail, but they sell, for money, an awful lot of newspapers.

  9. 9
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “why has no newspaper has ever tried to go national in the evenings?”

    At a guess – distribution. Even if you’ve got a depot somewhere near either end of the M62 (etc. – and I’m not sure they did print papers in such places 10 years ago) you’ve still got at least a 2-3 hours extra distribution time to make an evening paper really “national”.

    Having your news an extra 2-6 hours late is less of a problem if those hours are in the night.

  10. 10
    John77 says:

    Two reasons
    i) now less relevant – impracticable to distribute series of editions nationally when the lunchtime edition would get from London to Newcastle (or vice versa) by the fastest train just in time to compete with the Late Final.
    ii) Evening newspapers provide local news so are complementary to national morning papers. There are a handful, but only a handful of local morning papers
    i) (b) Even if you email editions to local presses, you’ve still got distribution problems or sub-scale printing runs

  11. 11
    AC1 says:

    vastly more than the grauniad and the independent of reality.

  12. 12
    sitting here pressing the refresh button says:

    It certainly is one of life’s mysteries. They can’t be buying up their own output, can they? Would that work?

  13. 13
  14. 14
    TAT says:

    Yes, but will it keep out the cold under the railway arch at night?

  15. 15
  16. 16

    Yes, I wouldn’t pay for the Evening Standard.

  17. 17

    Paragnostic has been threatening infidelity with la Teather over her…

  18. 18
    Sud de Nîmes says:

    What a queer thought. Do you lie awake at night wondering what the universe was like in the split microsecond before it blew it’s top?

    OT – Does anybody know how many people in this country work in journalism?
    A million? Two million?

  19. 19
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  20. 20
    Tax Payer says:

    And a superfluous second ‘has’ in “has no newspaper has”

    It’s a quiet afternoon.

  21. 21
    ex-Tory says:

    I pick up the ES every evening. The influence of the Independent is clear. Its turning into a propoganda sheet for the socialist protest movement. All their hacks are so far left, their ear fills with water when it rains. They were very anti the Red Islamist Ken Livingstone in 2008. Next year, I reckon they will back him.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    If they’re right, then charging for anything would be impossible?

  23. 23
    AC1 says:

    When they lose I hope they get to pay the legal fees.

  24. 24
    A sheeple says:

    We’ll lap up any old shit.

  25. 25
    annette curton says:

  26. 26
    Ed Miliband says:

    I come from a generation that suffered school lessons in portacabins and crumbling hospitals. I tell you one thing, for the eighteen years they were in power the Tories did nothing to fix the roof when the sun was shining.

  27. 27
    Wonk Watch says:

    Why did your school use crumbling hospitals for classrooms Ed?

  28. 28
    AC1 says:

    E.U.S.S.R. is also spiked.

  29. 29
    Flushed with success says:

    portacabins?

    We had portaloos.

  30. 30
    Titford Hat says:

    The Indy is pretty well unreadable.
    I don’t live in London but I was there recently and the train home was awash with discarded Standards. I read one and I can say that it was worth every penny of the purchase price, but no more. I did take a couple home to light the woodburner with.

    And the underground – a sardine can full of the united nations. I was a stranger in my own country.

  31. 31
    annette curton says:

    For dramatic licence?.

  32. 32
    I have a first class degree in internet moniker studies says:

    Lucky none of us were ever students, isn’t it?

  33. 33
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Guido: “Guido got thinking, why has no newspaper has ever tried to go national in the evenings?”

    ‘Cos most news wot’s worth reporting in the UK happens during the day, so, in the old days, national newspapers then had the evening and night to prepare and print their papers and take them to the railway stations surrounding Fleet Street for nationwide distribution in time for the mornings.

    The catch with an evening paper is that it gets out of date so much more quickly (relative to the daily news cycle), so you either need to limit the distribution area or have a number of satellite printing and distribution areas… not a cheap proposition as a new business venture.

    Least that’s how I sees it.

  34. 34

    Why not have the Neutrino Times. Read about the news before it happens.

    What? Oh we have that already…

  35. 35
    nell says:

    I suspect the doubtful privelege of picking up the tab is ours!!

  36. 36
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    I stopped paying for it a couple of years back too…

  37. 37
    Sunny Day says:

    We had lessons outside when the sun was shining. Elf n Safety has put an end to that.

  38. 38
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    She hasn’t shagged me. Reinaldo is da man!

  39. 39
    Russian 'businessman' owning Chelsea says:

    Fuck me, you can’t swing a dead g oy without hitting a ‘Russian’ oligarch in olde London Town. It’s like the pale of settlement but the locals are thicker.

  40. 40

    He is just another journo, nowadays.

  41. 41
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Rachel Reeves always sounds like she has a frog in her throat – either that or it’s her comedy northern accent – kind of difficult to take her seriously anyway :-)

  42. 42
    Archer Karcher says:

    Who in their right mind would buy any newspaper any more? They are all transparent shite, mixed with infommercials for tenth rate clebs ‘n’ sports personalities.

  43. 43
    nell says:

    It’s not the buildings that make a good school it’s the teachers.

    We had a good system before labour brought the comprehensives in – since then the UK education state system has lagged badly behind a good many countries and is still struggling deliver a decent standard of education to our children.

    It does look though, as though the academies will finally improve the quality of education but we’re still a few years away from knowing whether they can rebuild the trashed education system that the last labour government left us.

  44. 44
    Tax Payer says:

    Good. But now you’re missing a space in “newspaperever”

  45. 45

    With today’s technologies, why can’t we suspend a whole football club under one of the arches of Blackfriars Bridge?

  46. 46
    Titford Hat says:

    Glad you admit the sun was shining when the Tories were in power. It soon went behind the clouds when Bliar got elected. We then had thirteen years of gloom and doom and pissing money up the wall until the country was broke.

  47. 47
    Polly Seewonk says:

    You should write a book – ‘One Day in the Life of Edvan Millisovich’.

    The tale of how you stung your finger on your violin will bring the system crashing down.

  48. 48
    Archer Karcher says:

    Rachel Reeves = Common Purpose plant.

  49. 49

    Must be dozens of jobs she could do at the BBC then.

  50. 50
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    The Standard wouldn’t be a bargain if they halved the price!

  51. 51
    bergen says:

    I agree.

    Nowadays even the local evening paper in the provinces is printed overnight in London or the Midlands and can be bought at 7 in the morning emblazoned “Late Town Final” or similar together with with the morning nationals.

  52. 52
    The Good Old Days when everything was Grey says:

    That’s nothing in the 60’s my junior school was next to a WW2 bomb site and we had to pee in a bucket in the corner of the classroom(er sorry bomb site)….but we was ‘appy….even though the teacher used to cane the whole class as a matter of course….as he said somebody must have done summat wrong so this’ll make sure I punish the right lad.and we all passed our 11 plus to the Grammar and thence too university…all free..and now we’re in charge of things…and a right bloody mess we’ve made of it too

  53. 53
    Where have I seen this before? says:

    Did someone mention Brazilian Beef?

  54. 54
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    A local school of ours did actually have a leaking roof, used to drip down onto the fuse boxes in the corner of the room and make all the lights go out. Which does rather piss on both soundbites.

  55. 55
    Tube Travellor says:

    Isn’t business picking up?

  56. 56
    Archer Karcher says:

    The trashing was deliberate nell, ZaNu decided along with others, that an educated population is a dangerous population.
    They decided to dumb down schoolchildren and the population as a whole and disguise it as an academic success story. They largely succeeded too.

  57. 57
    Admishuns Tooter says:

    Were they planning on reading law?

  58. 58
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Why oh why oh why do I keep getting modded when I don;t use words like h**o, c**t, t**t or even f*****g?

  59. 59

    It lights the fire nicely though. You can take more than one if you wish…

  60. 60

    Take a dozen copies if you want. They are free.

  61. 61
    annette curton says:

    He thought about calling it Ed’s Gulag Archipelago, but then realised wouldn’t be able to effectively publicise the books title when sat on the BBC’s Breakfast TV couch, archy.. archy…pella…go.

  62. 62
    bergen says:

    Do I know you? We seemed to have gone to school together.

  63. 63
    I don't read newspaper says:

    Newspapers are on the way out!

  64. 64
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Someone mention Russians? Young Russian girls? Where?

  65. 65
    Goode, Rich & Pickens Legal Services says:

    Before e-newspapers I used to ask people if I could borrow 50p to buy a copy of the Independent.

  66. 66
    jabbathecat says:

    Expensive and hard toilet paper, cheaper to buy a roll of Izal.

  67. 67
    S says:

    ‘The Standard’ – a national edition in the morning (tablet only, paid) and a special edition of it in the evening for London ‘Evening Standard’ (tablet and dead trees edition – both free and ad supported)

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    And that’s just at the BBC

  69. 69
    only asking says:

    Wonder why no students launched a legal challenge when former NUS President and Labour minister Charles Clarke introduced tuition fees initially??

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Further to a comment above, the Evening Standard has indeed been infiltrated by the socialist mentality of the journalists of the Independent.

    Particularly stupid and dangerous are their incessant calls for more public squandering, more government borrowing, more BoE money-printing …

    Even as a free-sheet, the Standard can survive on private sector advertising. But it is ironic that the so-called Independent can only exist as the property of a former KGB agent, and as a parasite on capitalism.

  71. 71
    Really? says:

    It seems you’ve had sight of commercially confidential information – Nikolai Flobadob’s past life seems to have made him expert in arranging such ‘leaks’…

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Could this have been something to do with ineriting a bankrupt country?

    Oh, if only they’d done a ‘Brown’ and borrowed insanely, then you’d have your new hosptial.. on tick


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