I think it is safe to admit that selling advertising space on its front-page has not destroyed the Wall St. Journal. The quality of journalism has not declined. The esteem with which the paper is held has not diminished.
Now people are wondering the same thing about the Journal now that Rupert Murdoch owns it.
I don’t think Rupe will ruin the Journal. It is his crown jewel. It will feed his Fox Business News. There’s no reason to downscale or dumb-down the Journal…it would destroy the value of the franchise.
That’s not to say he won’t tart it up a bit. But I think we can rule out Page Three pin-up girls (as in the London Sun) or Page 6 business gossip (as in the New York Post’s gossip page).
Business Week’s media critic, Jon Fine, made the same prediction in the Dec. 10 issue.
Meanwhile, look for our media predictions in the next few days.