Vintage TV broadcast introduces online news 28 years ago

Rocky Mountain News employees continue to search for glimmers of hope from its owner, E. W. Scripps Co., about the future of the paper. As the staff continues to twist in the wind while the suits in Cincinnati silently decide their fate, the media conglomerate can’t say it wasn’t warned about the online barbarians at the gate … in 1981.

Granted it took two hours to download the electronic newspaper from a rudimentary $5-per-hour dial-up modem on a red rotary phone. But according to “home computer owner” Richard Halloran, the system is the future.

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

h/t Tech Crunch

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