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News Corp will charge for newspaper websites, says Rupert Murdoch
guardian uk ^

Posted on 05/07/2009 9:12:31 PM PDT by FromLori

Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: handsoffmypr0n; internet; newscorp; newspapers; rupertmurdoch

1 posted on 05/07/2009 9:12:31 PM PDT by FromLori
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To: FromLori

Doesn’t sound like such a great idea..hell..I get the WSJ and USA TODAY on my IPHONE...


2 posted on 05/07/2009 9:14:30 PM PDT by Hildy (A man searching for God is like a fish searching for water....)
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To: FromLori

The Wall Street Journal is one thing. The New York Post is another. If I can’t read the NY Post, I can read the Daily Mail. The Genie’s out...he ain’t going back.


3 posted on 05/07/2009 9:16:48 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: FromLori

FR > Fox News’ Website


4 posted on 05/07/2009 9:19:39 PM PDT by exist
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To: Hildy

If the most read news sources all go to subscription even at a $2-4 per month, it might make them financially viable.

I would pay that much to read USA today online if I got the entire paper.


5 posted on 05/07/2009 9:19:41 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: FromLori

I had been wondering when this would happen. I knew it was coming with the death of this media coming closer.


6 posted on 05/07/2009 9:20:04 PM PDT by Toki
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To: Dr. Sivana
Only if all news organizations charge will this work.

And there is no reason,tens of thousands of ordinary people can't each attend public hearings,meetings, or even review the public police files and publish what they hear and see!

7 posted on 05/07/2009 9:20:47 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: FromLori
He's extrapolating from his Wall Street Journal experience to his other newspapers. That's a faulty analysis. Unlike just about every other paper in the country, the WSJ doesn't just reformat AP wire stories around local ads - it has unique material you can't find anywhere else. Also, WSJ subscribers often see it as a way of making money and is therefore worth an investment - not something your typical USA Today reader does.
8 posted on 05/07/2009 9:20:52 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: Hildy
Ain't going to work. In no way can The Sun, The Mirror, The Times, The New York Post, The Guardian, The New York Times.....and thousands of others....all survive on a subscription model for the exact same product.

Plus there will always be somebody willing to put things on the net for free. All it takes is ONE free news website to destroy all subscription based sites.

They will also discover that a liberal clientele is not going to pay for news the same way a bunch of relatively conservative businessmen are willing to pay for the Wall Street Journal.
9 posted on 05/07/2009 9:22:38 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: KarlInOhio
That's a faulty analysis.

Oui.

10 posted on 05/07/2009 9:23:00 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: FromLori
Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul

Everyone is already paying for the Internet.

So they will charge to acesss certain sites?

F' um.

I will never pay for that.

Too many will offer it for free. If not, I and others will start new, free news sites.

11 posted on 05/07/2009 9:25:29 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Arkinsaw
Plus there will always be somebody willing to put things on the net for free.

You bet...See #11.

12 posted on 05/07/2009 9:26:30 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: KarlInOhio

There are too many (free) web sources for AP and similar articles.

Few would pay to read them just because they were via some News Corp website.

Unless New Corp comes up with original content, most people aren’t going to buy it online.

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This trend might force news websites to make greater strides in producing original content, rather than the garbage they package now.

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The paradigm of charging just because the paper version did may not work. Others have tried it.


13 posted on 05/07/2009 9:29:36 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: FromLori

It didn’t work for the New York Times, and there is always a way to find the WSF copy if you try. Wonder if old Rupert can pull it off.


14 posted on 05/07/2009 9:31:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: FromLori

WSJ I can see, others not so much.


15 posted on 05/07/2009 9:31:48 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama/Bush rules: http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/pdf/HHSPandemicInfluenzaPlan.pdf)
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To: FromLori

good luck with that...I can find news for free all over the place...


16 posted on 05/07/2009 9:32:11 PM PDT by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: Arkinsaw

This is true, but if it were to be say, FR, then contributions would have to go way up. This quarter has been really tough here.


17 posted on 05/07/2009 9:32:17 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: phatus maximus

If everyone starts charging, you won’t. The only way is to get our own boots on the ground, so to speak.


18 posted on 05/07/2009 9:33:35 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: FromLori
Perhaps media consolidation is not a good thing.
19 posted on 05/07/2009 9:35:15 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: FromLori

Revenue streams from advertising, be it hardcopy or digital. We are entering the golden age of advertising where the innovative, risk takers will thrive while manipulating an almost virgin medium.


20 posted on 05/07/2009 9:39:41 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: FromLori

Then they darn well better improve it’s design. When it first fiored up, I liked it, but now...It’s just too clunky. It has way too many things to hang up a scrolling mouse on, the site runs slowly. the comments pages are hard to keep track of what you post, and any replies, or threads...They went too glossy, and not enough clean functionality.

I realise that eventually, we are going to have to pay for online news content, but that’s not going to really come into effect, until enough free content providers, either go out of business, or survive till it’s easier for consumers to pay, or sit through ads, than it is to just click to other, free content websites.

No one website, or handful of news websites, are going to be able to charge for content at this point, without just chasing their consumers away. eople won’t pay for what they can get elsewhere for free.

Now I’m not saying it won’t eventually happen, but it’s going to take being able to offer something that people can’t get elsewhere, or as easily, in a form that is pleasing to them.

Till these forces work themselves to a definable relationship, they can just dream on about a working fiscal fee based model. It does appear they are trying...Is it AP that is cracking down on copyright protection against news aggragators like Google News?


21 posted on 05/07/2009 9:55:38 PM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: FromLori

I have news for newspaper people ... Get over it and get yourself other jobs.


22 posted on 05/07/2009 9:59:25 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: hoosierham

“And there is no reason,tens of thousands of ordinary people can’t each attend public hearings,meetings, or even review the public police files and publish what they hear and see!”

And Obama’s feds will come after you for not being a federally licensed “journalist”...*grin*


23 posted on 05/07/2009 10:56:55 PM PDT by Crim
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To: KarlInOhio
That's the key - it has to be 1) unique content, and 2) unique content that people want. The WSJ has both.

It's possible that other papers could have such content, but they'll have to examine that carefully: What do they provide that no one else does and that readers actually want? For most papers, the answer will be: local news/sports coverage.

And they'll have to find a way to price it affordably.

24 posted on 05/07/2009 11:31:58 PM PDT by The Iguana
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To: FromLori

Why pay?

Go to the democrat party website and the Socialist Internationale, download their daily press releases, and Presto! you have a so-called newspaper. Add in speeches from Hitler, Stalin and Mao and you have the editorial page commentary. Throw in a few rants from Anton Leve and there’s the religion page. Walk through a liberal big city and there’s your Arts and Entertainment section, plus the crime report.


25 posted on 05/08/2009 4:48:01 AM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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