I had a phone call this week from the Times Newspapers. They shouldn’t have called me, because my phone number is listed through Telephone Preference Service (TPS) – a free service for home numbers in the UK through which you can register that you don’t want any advertising phone calls.
The Times got around this by saying that I was a previous subscriber – and TPS doesn’t apply to “past customers”. That’s pushing their luck quite a bit. Back in the 1980s I used to take the Times 4 days a week – but that was merely a delivery through the door, courtesy of the local newsagent.
Anyway they have done it three times now, so I think that’s enough. But still I answered their question which was posed when I said that I had not been a regular reader since the 80s. The question was “why?”
I said that the paper was published by Mr Murdoch, and I really didn’t want to read anything that had been published by his company.
The guy at the other end said, thank you very much, and put the phone down.
But it led me to think: are we entering the endgame for newspapers? And will this affect the amount of paper we store?
Newspapers have been with us since the 18th century – the Daily Courant running from 1702. But with the endless scandals relating to the way in which journalists gather information and the general dissatisfaction with the way in which they report events, I am wondering if this is all about to change.
A few of our customers do in fact have quite a few old newspapers stored in our facility, mostly original newspapers that include references to their own company.
But of course, such items can be put on to disk nowadays – although as I have pointed out before, disks themselves can corrupt and lose data.
But I don’t suppose the end of newspapers, if that is what we are seeing, really will affect our business much. Storage of paper, which is largely what we do, relates mostly to legal documents. But if you’ve got some old newspapers you might want to put them in our facility. You never know, they could turn out to be unique in the near future.