If the DANDY ends up online at least it will still be 'live' and not just sets of reprints. [I assume there will still be a 'future nostalgia' market for books of old strips] .
Most people probably don't like the idea of comics online but we will just maybe have to get used to the idea---who knows, it might even become 'normal' before too long.
Clicking onto a weekly comic isn't quite the same, but much else in life [applying for jobs/e-mails instead of writing letters] has gone the same route.
This story has demonstrated how news media often don't bother to check facts any more as stories spread so fast round every outlet. A few writers speculated that maybe Dan could move over into the Beano, and now it's being reported that Dan will move into the Beano. DCT have said no such thing, yet.
Also "but indicated that characters such as Desperate Dan would continue to exist online" is now being reported as the comic will continue online, which is completely different.
There's no way that Dandy would continue as a weekly comic of new material online. How would they pay the artists? How would they pay the editorial staff? Dandy faces closure due to it barely making a profit (if it is), so they're going to continue running it for free?
There'd have to be a pay wall, but that's untested territory and just not likely to generate much income. Indicating that the likes of Dan will continue to appear online in some form or other doesn't mean Dandy, as it is, will become online only.
Even if there was a site acting as just a resource for archive Dandy material, the site, design, set up, and permanent staff would have to be paid for - and what income would it generate? The Dandy site was primitive and hardly updated during the revamped comic's run, so it's hard to see it becoming an ambitious, high maintenance affair after the comic finishes.
Whatever digital direction the Dandy "properties" take - if it's of any substance - it will have to be something that pays for itself.
I wonder where the Sun's date of September 5th being speculated as the final issue comes from.