Re: Good idea
Face it, we're all fated to enjoy a very moronic news future, one which future civilizations (if any) will call the "Great Dumbing Down" (GDD).
Already happened. BBC News website is dominated by endless lightweight tripe around its obsession with equality, gender identity and climate change. The Guardian is reduced to a curated collection of liberal blogs from around the world (a sort of global outlet for Australian or American would-be socialists), the Daily Mail hasn't been a premium news source for decades if ever, but is now just clickbait central.
The Telegraph is slowly disappearing behind a paywall, to the same obscurity as the Times. In fact, there's a thought for you - The Times - it is possible to ask is that still a thing? I know it is, but having retreated behind a paywall with its last handful of subscribers some years ago, I can't see how it can afford any journalism at all. The Independent came along, had a flash of glory, and has now gone, with digital editions you'd have to be desperate to read. The new kids on the block (FB, Huffpost) are so lightweight that they add nothing.
If you want good, analytical, well informed, fearless and investigative journalism, where do you turn? FT and The Economist are both good in a very business focused way, but both are subscription online for anything other than a handful of articles. Ultimately, I think this all comes down to the failure of all publishers to create a proper micro-payment system, and they've then worked up what they need to charge from the minority who feel they have to pay. I can't see bitcoin mining working for big publishers, but absent a large paying readership they are going to slide out of existence. Very few people will pay the £8-10 per week for the full fat subscriptions that the publishers current demand. £400 a year for a digital news service - who are they kidding?