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2010.07.16

Paywalls

Filed under: opression, paywalls — Tags: — sandokan65 @ 12:27
  • Murdoch’s UK Paywall a Miserable Failure (SlashDot; 2010.07.16) – http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/07/16/027236
      “As part of his war against free, Rupert Murdoch put the Times and Sunday Times of London behind a paywall. Michael Wolff of Newser asks how that’s working out for him. You can guess: miserable failure: ‘Not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself — who have free access to the site — are not going beyond the registration page. It’s an empty world.’ Not that this wasn’t entirely predictable.”
  • What’s Really Going on Behind Murdoch’s Paywall? by Michael Wolf (newser; 2010.07.14) – http://www.newser.com/off-the-grid/post/502/whats-really-going-on-behind-murdochs-paywall.html
  • The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits (SlashDot; 2010.03.27) – http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/03/27/0356211/The-Times-Erects-a-Paywall-Plays-Double-Or-Quits
      “News International, owners of The Times and The Sunday Times announced today that from June readers will be required to pay £1 per day or £2 per week to access content. Rupert Murdoch is delivering on his threat to make readers pay, and is trying out this experiment with the most important titles in his portfolio. No one knows if this will work — there is no consensus on whether it is a good or bad thing for the industry, but be very clear that if it succeeds every one of his competitors will follow. Murdoch has the luxury of a deep and wide business, so he can push this harder than any company that has to rely upon one or two titles for revenue.”
  • Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site (SlashDot; 2010.01.27) – http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/01/27/1345219/Newsday-Gets-35-Subscriptions-To-Pay-Web-Site
      “In late October, Newsday put its web site behind a pay wall, one of the first non-business newspapers to take the pay wall plunge, so Newsday has been followed with interest in media circles anxious to learn how the NY Times own plans to put up a pay wall may work out. So how successful has Newsday’s paywall been? The NY Observer reports that three months into the experiment only 35 people have signed up to pay $5 a week to get unfettered access to newsday.com. Newsday’s web site redesign and relaunch reportedly cost about $4 million and the 35 people who’ve signed up have earned Newsday about $9,000. Still publisher Terry Jimenez is unapologetic. ‘That’s 35 more than I would have thought it would have been,’ said Jimenez to his assembled staff, according to five interviews with Newsday employees. The web project has not been a favorite among Newsday employees who have recently been asked to take a 10 percent pay cut. ‘The view of the newsroom is the web site sucks,’ says one staffer. ‘It’s an abomination,’ adds another.”
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