The public are being urged by ministers to buy a newspaper to help save an industry that is being strangled by the coronavirus epidemic. The lockdown means circulations have been dramatically cut with a huge loss of advertising as businesses have scaled down or shut. Journalists are being laid off and papers closing. The regional press has been particularly badly hit. Just imagine emerging from the lockdown to find our print press has disappeared. “Newspapers are at the heart of the British media,” says culture secretary Oliver Dowden, “and essential to its vibrant mix.” He wants the public to add one thing to its to-do list during the coronavirus crisis – buy a paper and save the British press. It’s very sensible advice.