The Past Can’t Buy the Future for Newspapers, Says Digital First CEO John Paton

By: Mathew Ingram | PaidContent

Calling your company Digital First Media makes it fairly obvious where you think the future of the industry lies, and Digital First CEO John Paton reinforced that vision during a fire-and-brimstone presentation on the future of newspapers at the Global Editors Network conference in Paris on Friday. Some CEOs and editors may think that they can manage their way out of the current revenue bloodbath by changing their businesses incrementally, he said, but they are mistaken — and pinning their hopes on growing revenue from paywalls isn’t going to work either.

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