Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Warren Buffett -- Newspaper Industry Got Too Complacent

NEW YORK The newspaper industry got too complacent with its success years ago, says Warren Buffett, and failed to change its business model to grow with the times.


"It is so easy when you've got a wonderful business," Buffett told E&P during a recent interview. "Complacency is pretty easy and it is why they weren't looking over their shoulder at what was happening."


Buffett, the billionaire owner of The Buffalo News and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, spoke with E&P for an upcoming story in our January issue on the News, which he has owned since 1977.


Saying his interest in owning a newspaper "is not totally rational," Buffett says he is content with just one. But he also sees that the industry as a whole did not properly utilize the Internet when it came on the scene.


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