Skip to comments.News Corp will charge for newspaper websites, says Rupert Murdoch
Posted on 05/07/2009 9:12:31 PM PDT by FromLori
Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul
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Doesn’t sound like such a great idea..hell..I get the WSJ and USA TODAY on my IPHONE...
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.
FR > Fox News’ Website
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.
I had been wondering when this would happen. I knew it was coming with the death of this media coming closer.
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!
Everyone is already paying for the Internet.
So they will charge to acesss certain sites?
I will never pay for that.
Too many will offer it for free. If not, I and others will start new, free news sites.
You bet...See #11.
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.
This trend might force news websites to make greater strides in producing original content, rather than the garbage they package now.
The paradigm of charging just because the paper version did may not work. Others have tried it.
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.
WSJ I can see, others not so much.
good luck with that...I can find news for free all over the place...
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.
If everyone starts charging, you won’t. The only way is to get our own boots on the ground, so to speak.
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.
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?
I have news for newspaper people ... Get over it and get yourself other jobs.
“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*
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.
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.