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An examiner was appointed to Niall McGarry’s Maximum Media

An examiner was appointed to Niall McGarry’s Maximum Media

An examiner was appointed to Niall McGarry’s Maximum Media

Another newspaper columnist recently compared the publisher of Independent News & Media to a "lucky general". He was referring to this organisation's move to a paywall just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic struck hard. By and large, Independent.ie's achievement of 20,000 subscriptions in under three months is pretty substantial and beyond the expectations of almost any pundit who expressed a view.

But whether the timing was luck or just unusual prescience, there's no doubt it was introduced in the nick of time.

Last week saw just how hard some parts of the media have been hit by the slump.