SCORES of readers chatted to Isle of Man Newspapers staff at the Strand Centre on Sunday.
Editor Richard Butt answered questions from some readers – but he and other staff also had questions for them. They asked them what they thought about Isle of Man Newspapers’ products.
In particular, they were keen to hear what they thought about the size and shape of the Isle of Man Examiner.
The Examiner’s format – known as broadsheet – means its pages are twice as big as those in papers such as the Courier and the Manx Independent, which are produced in compact or tabloid format.
Readers saw a dummy compact edition of the Examiner. It was October 5’s paper re-designed as a tabloid paper and it could be what the Examiner looks like in the future.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by to chat,’ said Richard. ‘It was a very interesting day.
‘Most people seemed to prefer the tabloid paper. That does seem to be the way things are going.
‘A few years ago The Times and The Independent in the UK switched and their readers seemed to prefer it.
‘While we haven’t made a firm decision yet on the future size of the Examiner, it was a very useful exercise.’
The team didn’t stand up all day. They had borrowed a sofa from B&B furniture and sat down to ask a few readers their views about the tabloid Examiner.