A slim majority of Canadians would support a government bailout of the newspaper industry, a new poll suggests.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey - conducted before one of Canada's biggest media conglomerates received partial bankruptcy protection this week - also found that 87 per cent of respondents believe newspapers play an important role in the news media.
The poll comes amid declining long-term trends in newsprint readership and a recession-fuelled crisis in industry profitability.
The survey found that newspapers may be experiencing greater consumer decline relative to TV and radio news, "but that has not translated into a sense that the industry is irrelevant or out of date," said Doug Anderson, senior vice-president at Harris-Decima.
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