Goodnight to evening newspapers

An interesting piece on Media Guardian today, about the gradual shift from evening newspapers to morning. It lists several papers – Bolton Evening News, Bradford Telegraph & Argus, York’s Evening Press, Oxford Mail – which are moving, or have moved, to being morning papers.

I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. I don’t see what place an evening newspaper can have in modern life. There are far too many distractions in the evenings – with soap operas showing up to six episodes per week, live football left right and centre, Sky+, broadband internet. Oh, and maybe even family and social lives.

London-based people often forget that most folk outside the capital don’t travel to work on public transport. The only time I ever find to read a newspaper is when I’m on a train journey; and even then, I’m finding myself spending more and more time catching up on my RSS feeds (thanks to the excellent Bloglines mobile edition), and even listening to the odd podcast (if/when I find something worth listening to).