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International news is in decline internationally. John Lloyd says that only business readers care about abroad

By John Lloyd   November 1996

We are withdrawing from the world, it seems. Our serious media no longer give it so much attention.

Ten years ago, the three American news magazines-Time, Newsweek and US News and World Report -gave between 20 and 25 per cent of their space to foreign news. Last year, Time gave 14 per cent, Newsweek 12 per cent and US News and World Report 14 per cent also.

It is a trend bemoaned by the high minded in the US, but not just there. The Independent’s tenth birthday celebrations remind us that the newspaper began in 1986 with a larger staff…

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