Listen: No Better Time For Media Biz, Says Globe Publisher03:58

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If you listen to the conventional wisdom these days, this is about the worst time in history to work in the newspaper industry.

But if you listen to Boston Globe Publisher Christopher Mayer, you'll hear an entirely different school of thought.

"There really isn't a better time to be in the media business," Mayer said.

That's a remarkable statement, considering Mayer came into the job at the beginning of this year as the paper was still reeling from a fight with its parent company, The New York Times, over $20 million in concessions.

To lower costs, the paper raised its prices. The result of that price hike is represented in new figures out last month. The Globe's circulation has fallen 23 percent from a year ago — down to about 300,000.

In a conversation with WBUR's Bob Oakes, Mayer said those numbers don't faze him. In fact, he says, the Globe expected them.

This program aired on May 19, 2010.

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