Last i knew of, their distribution was down to 4300 copies. And, when i walk by coffee shops on Thursdays, far less men and women have it spread before them as the start to their day.
They won’t tackle many serious issues lest they anger big advertisers such as Knysna Municipality, the political parties and Knysna Tourism. This isn’t, primarily, about the immorality of that collusion. Nor is it that i cannot simply ask the Knysna-Plett Herald for their opinion (so much isn’t reported because i’m unofficially blacklisted). It’s that it’s caused by the bottom line i.e. finances.
With Caxton rumoured to be undercutting their ad prices, how much longer can they hold out? Contrarily, the KPH gives us less news but adverts in abundance which says a lot about the death of small business owners and the rise of franchises in our area of the Garden Route.
This week, i ripped out the inserts and the blocks yelling at me to buy dishwashers and fruit. I wanted to see what was left. To my dismay, only an estimated 14% was news. In reality, the Knysna-Plett Herald has become an advert distributor disguised as a newspaper.