First, we had the resignation of editor
Angela Quintal after spending two years in the position.
Our update on this included comment from CEO Hoosain Karjieker that "the weakening economy had impacted on the business models in the media industry, which had resulted in staff reduction and retrenchments of journalists across the sector."
Next came commentary on further staff reduction at the paper, with the Sunday Times
going so far as to describe the spate of retrenchment as proof the publication's been "crippled by a cash crunch
Back in July when the retrenchments first came to light, this was seen as a precursor for a drop in quality at the trusted publication:
Now, the latest move that has Mail & Guardian Online
readers scratching their heads in puzzlement is that the website seems to have disappeared behind a paywall
, without giving its readers any warning.
Disgruntled readers are sharing their views on Twitter, of course:
A paywall's not necessarily a bad thing, but it seems there's lots of change going on behind the scenes. Simply a sign of the times? Leave your comments below...