A falling Star: No cash in its dowry, declining revenues and no obvious marriage prospects

The 20th century could well be called The Newspaper Century. Through 100 years, beginning in the 1890s, news printed on paper dominated the political and media landscape, overcoming even the advent of television. As circulation and advertising soared and declined and rose again through boom times, wars, economic recessions and technological change, the newspaper business remained a harshly competitive but mostly profitable business. Owners of varying business talents and conflicting political interests fought day in and day out — for readers, news, advertising and political influence.