Friday, April 03, 2009

Free news must stop, Murdoch says

Rupert Murdoch, whose Wall Street Journal has always charged readers for access to its online content, says all other papers will have to do the same thing. According to a story from Reuters, Murdoch, who bought Dow Jones and its flagship WSJ in 2007, told a cable television conference in Washington:
"People reading news for free on the Web, that’s got to change.”

Murdoch pointed to the Journal’s main rival in the United States, The New York Times, as an example. The Times has one of the most popular U.S. newspaper websites, but still cannot cover its costs with online ads, he said.

Murdoch’s newspaper empire includes the New York Post, the Times of London and other papers in Britain and Australia, which are available online for free. The Journal had been charging for access for years before News Corp bought it.

His comments come as the Times holds a semi-public debate about whether it should revisit charging readers to get some or all of its news and commentary online. It canceled an earlier experiment, “TimesSelect”, to charge for columnists and similar content because it made more money from ads.

The Journal charges readers for access to its website, which Murdoch said was “not a gold mine, but it’s not bad”. When he first took over the paper, News Corp and Dow Jones executives considered making the site free, but determined it would be better to keep charging for most, but not all, content.



Blogger Cupcake Man said...

1) WSJ charges me to view an article online.

2) I select the article text, hit CTRL-C. Copy.

3) I open my blog, create a new post, hit CTRL-V. Paste.

4) I just crashed Murdoch's empire. What a naif.

5) Maybe he'll want to outlaw keyboards?

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