For all the praise being heaped on the Herald, it's the same old bennie bashing, anti-Maori, right wing Granny it's always been, she's just in a new mini skirt.
Deborah Hill-Cone as a new columnist? If I want to know what right wing clowns are thinking, I can tune into talkback radio. The 'new look' is another totally missed opportunity to bring some new voices into the public debate.
The problem for newspapers is the same as TV, their ratings system is built upon bullshit. You pay $20 000 for a full page advert believing that a million people will see it, when you move from the newspaper to online, those make believe ratings systems fall hard on their arse because on-line can measure with efficient cruelty. Suddenly those 'million views' equate to maybe a hundred, which immediately provokes the question, 'why the hell am I paying $20 000'?
Paywalls are all fine and dandy, but it cuts the mass influence that newspapers trade on leaving them with less influence meaning less power.
Just cause Granny is showing more leg doesn't mean you want to see it.