He said that while print continued to be responsible for 90pc of the Chronicle’s revenues, circulation was “diving.”
According to the latest ABC figures, average daily sales of the Evening Chronicle fell 14pc year on year in the period January to June to stand at 7,343.
Said Dave, pictured: “We ran a story last week that generated 20,000 hits on our website, but no rise in sales. How sad is that?”
Dave also spoke up in favour of outsourced subbing, having previously made nine production, pre-press and advertising staff with combined service of 275 years at the paper redundant.
The paper is now subbed and laid out at Newsquest’s production hub in Newport, Wales.
He said: “We lost nine experienced and senior staff in the changes. That was heart-breaking and I hated every minute of it, but it had to be done.”
But Doug Wills, managing editor of the London Evening Standard, said his title, which was on the brink of closure eight years ago, showed print still had a future.
“I think we’re in danger of talking ourselves into a crisis,” he told delegates.
The conference in Carlisle resumed this morning with a panel discussion on new newsroom tools and technologies.
Opening the session, Pete Clifton, editor in chief of the Press Association, said the agency had rolled out social media training for all its journalists and invested in new equipment such as drones and 360-degree cameras.
Pete also revealed that the agency is planning to use so-called ‘robot’ journalists to produce football and election results and short market reports in the near future.
And he said he had overseen a revamp of the agency’s video output since taking on the post 18 months ago.
“Video was our biggest basket case quite frankly. We’ve done video for years but it wasn’t very good,” he said.
He said the 360-degree camera had been used in filming at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais while drone footage from the set of BBC drama Poldark in Cornwall had been viewed 2m times.
Society of Editors chairman Bob Satchwell thanked regional editors for lobbying MPs about the dangers of plans to force publishers to pay both sides’ legal costs in libel and privacy actions.
Editors have warned that the proposed new legislation, described by Bob as “draconian,” could be the “final nail in the coffin” for the regional press.
Last year, the former culture secretary John Whittingdale decided to delay bringing in Section 40, which was originally designed to encourage publishers to sign-up to a system of state-sponsored press regulation.
However Santha Rasaiah, legal, policy and regulatory affairs director for the News Media Associated, said that there was now “real pressure” on his successor Karen Bradley to introduce the measure.
Incoming SoE president Ian MacGregor told delegates: “These plans mean that you will ber liable to pay the costs of someone who takes you to court claiming breach of privacy or defamation even if they lose.
“We must ensure that the new Secretary of State Karen Bradley does not go ahead with this.”
NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher admitted he has had “sleepless nights” over the issue of whether too many journalists were being trained.
But in answer to a question about the issue, he added: “The number of journalism opportunities are expanding in different ways. People are finding employment, but in different roles.”
His comments came as Doug Wills announced the creation of a new ‘editorial diversity bursary scheme’ at the Evening Standard designed to ensure newsrooms are more reflective of the areas they serve.
The scheme will see four apprentices complete a 20-week fast-track NCTJ journalism course at Wembley Stadium as part of a two-year contract at the Evening Standard and independent.co.uk.