Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Paying for online news

This is not good news for bloggers and students doing journalism, who need access to online newspapers for information.
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is losing money, and he is planning to carry out his threat to start charging us to look at his online papers (Times, Sun and News of the World). If this proves successful, then I expect the other papers will do the same.

Papers are losing money from advertizing, due to the recession.
Readers will be offered a week’s subscription for £2 , or a day’s access for £1 to two sites.

What do you all think of this?
Is it only fair that we should pay to view or is Murdoch wrong?

Thought for the day

‘Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent’



Ewarwoowar said...

I think it's a dreadful idea, but as I don't buy newspapers, and only read the Guardian magazine on a Saturday to laugh at people, it probably won't affect me too much.

Look on the bright side, Murdoch is 79, so he wont be around for much longer.

Sue's Blog said...

Interesting to see how paying for online news will pan out. Murdoch has always been one step ahead in his money making schemes. Thanks for cheering me up by pointing out his age Ewar!
His successor might be ten times worse though.
I rely a lot on online newspapers, although I do by an eclectic range of newspapers when I have time to read them.

The Plashing Vole said...

I think it's great for journalism and the public sphere: fewer people will read the Murdoch press. Now to persuade the Mail and Express to put up a paywall.