The Future of Tribune
Tribune magazine looks like it might fold for the umpteenth time.
The basic problem is that not enough people want to read it because it's not actually that good.
The political line in takes is predictable, often trite, and feels dated. It rests on past laurels from the golden age in the '30s-'50s.
It is far too narrowly focused in terms of the spectrum of Labour opinion - most people on the moderate wing of the party don't want to pay a subscription to read something that just insults their beliefs rather than hosting a balanced debate - and occupies soft left territory that is also covered far more efficiently and speedily by Compass' website.
The internal Labour news and gossip is less extensive and timely that one can find on the blogosphere.
If the magazine read better and was properly marketed it ought to have far more than 4,000 readers and should be self-funding. As it is, we may be about to lose a piece of Labour history that has failed to move with the times.