Dwindling dailies

24Aug09

Thanh Nien’s English language daily is to become a weekly — the metamorphosis  occurs Friday, September 4. Full Reuters story here.

“Thanh Nien’s weekly edition will be 40 pages, supplemented by daily updates to an English-language website…”

So for English language dailies that leaves us with you-know-who (kẻ mà ai cũng biết là ai đây) and the Saigon Times, Vietnam’s “leading business daily.”

‘Tis a pity — the more the merrier says us, though I’ll admit that I never bought a single copy of Thanh Nien, letting the neighbourhood cafe’s buy it for me.

But you might have noticed a new link amongst the links (to your right): Viet News Online, which I’ve discovered recently. That’s the online-only English version of all things Tuoi Tre, another local rag. So while English-language print options dwindle, the online options expand.

“And sure isn’t that the way of the world,” said the old man wistfully while stoking the dying embers of the fire. “Was all trees around here when I was a lad.”

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