Sunday, March 28, 2010

It's not going to work:

In the news: (emp add)
The Times of London will charge readers for Internet access starting in June, News Corporation announced on Friday, putting Rupert Murdoch at the forefront of a movement to erect toll gates on news sites.

Mr. Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of the company, has suggested that all of its news sites should have pay walls — a range that includes The New York Post, Fox News Channel and the British tabloid The Sun, among many others. The Wall Street Journal, acquired by News Corporation in 2007, has had such a barrier since 1996.

News Corporation said that people who subscribe to both the printed Times and its sister paper, The Sunday Times, will have free Web access. But beginning in June, it said, a reader who does not subscribe in print will have to pay — ₤1 for a day, or ₤2 for a week (about $1.49 or $2.97).
I can see wealthy people (or those hoping to be wealthy) paying for the Wall Street Journal. But the New York Post?

As for the Times of London, $150/year is a very high price as these things go.

Also, is Murdoch going to charge people to visit Fox Nation, the website that's supposed to be for the Fox watching community. There is nothing at that place but teaser links and the expected conservative comments. Maybe people will pay a penny a day for that, but not more.


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