On Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1:40:51 AM UTC-4, bill van wrote:
> On 2018-06-11 03:41:32 +0000, Peter T. Daniels said:
> > On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:55:35 PM UTC-4, Peter Moylan wrote:
> >> On 08/06/18 20:23, Madrigal Gurneyhalt wrote:
> >>> On Friday, 8 June 2018 11:00:01 UTC+1, Lothar Frings wrote:
> >>>> Which of the three is/are in current use?
> >>> Yellow press is rare but the other two are fully extant in BrE, along
> >>> with 'red top', 'gutter press', and, in the age of fake news,
> >>> 'comic'! However, with most of the broadsheets having gone to tabloid
> >>> format in recent years, 'tabloid' doesn't really carry the same sting
> >>> it once did.
> >> In the several cases that I'm familiar with, the switch from broadsheet
> >> to tabloid seemed to be accompanied by a drop in standards. It was
> >> almost as if becoming a tabloid brought about a change of attitude.
> >> It could have been a coincidence, though. That was also an era of staff
> >> cuts, outsourcing, a greater focus on advertising rather than news, and
> >> so on; all factors that would have turned newspapers into tabloids even
> >> if they'd kept the broadsheet format.
> > OTOH the Chicago Sun-Times is in tabloid format but was never "tabloid" in
> > content.
> That's not usual, but not unheard of. The Village Voice, for one,
> delivered its content in a tabloid format without turning into the
> National Enquirer. Regardless of format, a paper's direction is set by
> its owners and managers. I'm not intimate with the history of the
> Sun-Times, but in most of the first decade of this century, its
> publisher was John Cruickshank, who I worked for when he was editor of
> the Vancouver Sun. He was smart, intellectual and inquisitive.
> Regardless of format, a newspaper he ran wasn't going to be
> gutter/yellow press. The owners must have hired people like him over
> the decades to establish and maintain the paper's reputation.
> John Cruickshank retired back to Canada, but has recently been named
> Canada's consul-general in Chicago.
The Canadian consulate in Chicago was the locus of the great late-90s
series *Due South*, about an idealistic Dudley Do-Right sort of character
who refused to let the gritty big city get him, or his Canadian optimism,
down. (And a very opulent facility it was.) Of all the TV series set in
Chicago in the late 90s, when I was missing the city, it was the one that
captured its essence best. Paul Gross played the hero.
And then there was *Early Edition*, in which each morning's Sun-Times
brought the hero a story of a disaster he had one day to avert. During the
day he would keep checking his copy to see how the headline had changed --
usually he made the situation worse several times but finally got it right
by the end of the hour. It starred Kyle Chandler, who became better known
in two subsequent series.
The Village Voice was also famous for its scurrilous sex ads in the back
pages. There was apparently nothing it wouldn't publish.