1981 TV news report on online newspapers

Some excerpts from the San Francisco TV station’s report:
NEW ANCHOR: “Imagine if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.

“This is an experiment,” said San Francisco Examiner’s David Cole. “We’re trying to figure out what it means to us as editors and reporters and what it means to the home user. We’re not in it to make money. We’re probably not going to lose a lot, but we aren’t going to make much either.”

NEWS ANCHOR: “It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5 the new tele-paper won’t be much competition for the 20-cent street edition.”

* CJR on San Jose Mercury News: The paper that almost seized the future

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