Text Messages Killing Radio Star

Text Messages Killing Radio Star

International editors and publishers warned Friday that nontraditional communications — such as cell phone text messages — are rapidly outflanking radio, television, and print media because of their immediacy and proximity to the public.

In a two-day meeting to stimulate newspaper readership among the young, publishers from the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the New York Post exchanged views with European media leaders on shrinking newspaper circulation and the European and American media scene.

The growing “thumb generation” posed the greatest new challenge to traditional media, with cell-phone text messages conveying news, rumors and gossip, said Pedro J. Ramirez, editor of Spain’s El Mundo.

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