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New Technology
New technology

The media have undergone a series of technological revolutions since Johann Gutenberg's first printing press in the 1400s effectively paved the way for the emergence of the press nearly 200 years later (De La Mare, 1997).

All have been dramatic in their impact on the industry including the advent of radio, television and the Internet, but none have been bloodier or more controversial than the computer-based print technology imposed on the national press between 1986 and 1989 which ‘marked a decisive watershed for British newspapers’ (Franklin, 1997: 101).

The first significant print technological innovation of the twentieth century took place at the Wolverhampton Star series which went over to web offset in the 1960s, abandoning the century-old hot-metal process. Other local newspaper groups followed, some ...

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