Media-watchers expressed little surprise at the demise of Asiaweek , with one academic deriding it for adding little to the debate in the English-language media. Chinese University associate professor in journalism Bryce McIntyre said it was unfortunate that another English media voice had been lost, but Asiaweek had never measured up. 'There are still lots of other English-language magazines around. It's not as if this one contributed a lot to the debate,' he said. He claimed it had 'weak reporting and editing' and promoted the community too much without any critical analysis. 'For example, they declared Richard Li [Tzar-kai] to be a Superman and he disappeared as quickly as he came.' He said they had obviously suffered marketing problems because the magazine contained very little advertising, which would not have been enough to cover costs, and most of the cover stories were geared to selling adverts. 'They were always featuring some new, young professional in Asia or gimmicks like the top 50 most powerful people.' As for this year's repositioning to focus on business and technology, Professor McIntyre said it was a 'superficial design change'. Judith Clarke, a correspondent and editor of Asiaweek from 1981 to 1990 and now assistant professor in journalism at Baptist University, said it had not succeeded because the market was too small to sustain the large number of publications launched in the 1990s. 'Although Asiaweek experienced a boom in the 1980s, once the foreign media and cable television became available on the Internet, the challenge was even greater and it must have made the market even more difficult,' she said. 'It's fantastic that they've been able to hold on for so long.' The general secretary of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association, Law Siu-lan, said that with the closure, an estimated 500 journalists had now lost their jobs in the SAR since July.