Skip to comments.NYTimes.com To Launch Premium Service Next Monday: Will Fans Pay for Famed Columnists?
Posted on 09/14/2005 5:13:02 AM PDT by ovrtaxt
Come Monday, Sept. 19, fans of New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, and David Brooks will have to break out their credit cards. Sept. 19 is the launch date of TimesSelect, a new subscription service designed to diversify the newspaper's revenue stream beyond traditional Web site advertising.
The popular Op-Ed columnists are the main selling point behind the $49.95 a year subscription. (The service will be free for the paper's home delivery subscribers). The paper's news, features, editorials, and analysis will remain free, as will interactive graphics, multimedia, and video.
TimesSelect subscribers will also have the ability to access up to 100 articles a month from the Times's 25-year digital archive. To sweeten the pot even further, the Times is offering a number of new services, including the ability to save and organize articles in a personal "Times File," an e-mail alert service, and early access to certain Sunday sections.
In an editor's letter posted Monday, NYTimes.com Editor Len Apcar called TimesSelect "an important step in the development of The New York Times."
But the move is not without its risks. The Times is likely to see a drop-off in page views, which advertisers covet, at least initially. But if successful, the move could embolden other publishers to begin experimenting with limited online subscription models.
An overview of TimesSelect offerings is available here.
Early response in the blogosphere was not positive. One popular blogger, John Aravosis at Americablog, predicted what many fans of Times' columnist might do: "People will still get copies of the articles, they'll still email them around the Net, some Web sites will still republish the entire articles illegally, and we'll end up linking to those sites instead of the New York Times (it ain't illegal to link)."
He added, commenting on "free" falling: "If the Times' idea catches on, this really could be the beginning of the end of the current state of Internet news."
Anyone who would pay for Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman is too stupid to be allowed out in public.
PAY for access to Dowd, Krugman, et al?
That's like building a turnstile and ticket booth at the county dump!
LOL, this is going to tank fasst!
Well, if they archive all paying subscribers, it would make it that much easier to find them and clean up the gene pool!
DNC talking points clearing house.
Sign me up!
Can I get a "hell, no!"
I wouldn't give them my name for a free look, It would be a cold day in a blast furnace that I'll pay!
Common sense tells me that this could be the beginning of the end of the NYTimes...
Unfortunately, these aweful syndicated columnists are still available in other newspapers. Not sure about online though, but I can certainly type out a quote as well as the next guy.
LOL! They wish.
Can the slime spell irrelevancy?
you could still go to www.cpusa.org and get the same for free
If the slime is being advised by the likes of Krugman on business direction, then it's over. Watch them reach for a handout from the feds. God, I never thought I would witness ther irrelevance of the NYSlime.Ba bye.
D N C talking points....
wishing so won't make it so.
The internet has torpedoed any credibilty the nyt had. Hiding behind subscribers will not protect them from scrutiny.
Pay for maureen dowd and paul krugman? LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!
They'd have to pay me! No, wait a minute. They couldn't pay me enough money to get me to read either one of them! LOLOL!
Except in NYC and Boston where the standard is MUCH lower than it is in the rest of the country.
If a columnist writes an op-ed you have to pay to read, does it make a sound? When was the last time anyone cared about a Salon article?
Glad their putting these Slimes loons "behind bars" so to speak. I wish them all the financial success they deserve.
I think the New York Times has hit on the next big idea in modern media -- the use of on-line subscriptions to launder money and circumvent campaign finance restrictions.
This is great. It will help to slow the spread of leftist propaganda.
LOL! To think of paying good money for Mo or Navel-gazer Brooks...
Hmmm. You think? The IRS has ways of tracking that, right?
MEMO TO THE TIMES:
ALL YOUR COLUMNS ARE BELONG TO US.
HUGS AND KISSES,
Sure, but the IRS would have a hard time making the case that any laws were violated. And in the case of campaign finance rules, I couldn't think of an easier way for a candidate or political party to use these subscriptions to circumvent the rules.
Drudge is going to pull their links...
LOL!! Yeah that's a good one. The NYT setting the standard for internet news!! Next thing you know Hyundai will be setting the standards in the NASCAR rules committee!!
Compare this to Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal who publish the Opinion Journal (give away opinions) while charging for information (WSJ online is subscription-based)...seems the NYT believes that its online readers value its opinion over the actual news it provides...
Electronic Err America.
Hiding behind subscribers will not protect them from scrutiny.
Good point. Didn't think of it that way.
Will they also require pay to view the corrections page? Often, one can find almost entire Krugman columns there soon after the original publication. Or you can find them at NR where they have a space dedicated to ridiculing Krugman and others almost line by line.
They will make money on the subscriber e-mails by selling them to the Dems in the next fundraising cycle.
That is an excellent point!!
ROFLMAO. Who would pay to read Dowd?
"NYTimes.com To Launch Premium Service Next Monday: Will Fans Pay for Famed Columnists?"
No! Well only the leftist morons who hang on every lie will anti up 50 bucks to read this swill.
I have an idea for an additional Times revenue stream. It is called telling the truth. There is approximately 60% of the population out there who will not touch this bird cage liner because of its pandering to the left.
By just telling the truth as reporters rather than leftist editorialists, you open up a revenue stream that will generate millions ofd dollars annually. For further reference as to how this works, see Fox News.
Like athlete's foot they are everywhere, but that doesn't make them popular.
They are popular amongst the leftist readers of Editor & Publisher, who relish foisting them on their captive readers along with the unfunny Doonesbury.
No one is going to pay good money for their rants.
LOL. Do you think there is ONE SINGLE PERSON out there right now that is saying, "Heyyy, that sounds like a great deal! Honey, where's the checkbook?"
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
It's really amusing to think that the NYT heads think their columnists are so good that we peons need to pay to receive their wisdom.
oh yeah. gonna run out and order subscriptions for Christmas presents. Ha,ha. This oughta be awesome.