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    Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content - CNN.com

    At least those he controls. Seems to me that many sites that used to charge a fee to access are no longer fee-based websites. Wonder how this will go over?



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    If newspapers disappear like everyone thinks, all legitimate content will be for a price.


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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Guess I will read less content.


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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    what a bone.....r

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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Quote Originally Posted by GeronimusClone View Post
    If newspapers disappear like everyone thinks, all legitimate content will be for a price.
    I hear ya. Even in Cedar Rapids though the Gazette used to charge users who wanted to view their website. So locally, if all three tv stations continue to have websites...the locals will still be able to follow the news. So how much would people be willing to pay to visit the Gazette's website? Not many I guess since they tried but cancelled an effort to charge its users.

    As for a national site...would CNN begin to charge? The NY Times? I read the NY Times online often...but I wouldn't if they charged me to do so.

    The amount these organizations decide to charge will really impact the traffic their sites attract.



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    I think we will see a major shift in how information across all media is viewed and paid for in the next 10 years.


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    My wife works for the journalism school at ISU. The prevailing opinion among the faculty there is that newspaper websites will eventually charge for content. More and more people are flocking to their websites, which is driving down their paid subscriptions.

    The thing is right now, many people say they feel that the newspaper websites don't have content "worth paying for." So eventually the newspapers will have to start improving their websites if they're going to expect people to pay for it. If they do that, it's quite likely that most major newspapers' print editions will be gone within our lifetime.




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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    It all comes down to competition. The way the internet currently works, you're not tied with a chain to your local newspaper for information.

    They can try doing this, but I suspect it will just drive readers to a another newspaper with similar content that charges less or nothing.

    I love reading the newspaper, but it's getting to be a primitive and expensive way to get information.



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    It all comes down to competition. The way the internet currently works, you're not tied with a chain to your local newspaper for information.

    They can try doing this, but I suspect it will just drive readers to a another newspaper with similar content that charges less or nothing.

    I love reading the newspaper, but it's getting to be a primitive and expensive way to get information.
    You are if you want local news (and more than the local TV station websites give you).




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    Quote Originally Posted by dustinal View Post
    My wife works for the journalism school at ISU. The prevailing opinion among the faculty there is that newspaper websites will eventually charge for content. More and more people are flocking to their websites, which is driving down their paid subscriptions.

    The thing is right now, many people say they feel that the newspaper websites don't have content "worth paying for." So eventually the newspapers will have to start improving their websites if they're going to expect people to pay for it. If they do that, it's quite likely that most major newspapers' print editions will be gone within our lifetime.
    It's already going the way of newspaper reporters learning to use video cameras for stories. Soon it will be all conglomerates - TV, newspaper, radio all working together in every market.


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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Makes sense to me:

    First control the news.

    Next charge for it...

    I just look at it as paying for fiction I used to get for free.....



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    Quote Originally Posted by dustinal View Post
    You are if you want local news (and more than the local TV station websites give you).
    I can get pretty much get that watching T.V.

    You've got a good point however. What this may mean is local newspapers may make it work better than the national ones.



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    For some reason, I was watching the senate hearings on this on CSPAN last night. The newspapers that are charging for their website are seeing an increase in circulation... Problem comes if some are charging and some aren't...



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    They might try the charge thing, but on the other hand, think how the register will practically give away its paper for free just so that they can include another number in their circulation. They more than make up for it with ad dollars. If you make it all subscription based online, then the advertising dollar is going to go way down as viewership will decrease. In addition, it will not be hard for someone to undercut them with a free, ad supported forum, and it will quickly become the main place everyone goes to.

    As an example, look at the cyclonereport boards vs cyclonefanatic. Rivals boards used to have a ton of traffic. Then they got rid of the free option, around the same time CF was a startup, and it has exploded while CR has become a smaller and smaller group.



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    Re: Rupert Murdoch Says Websites Will Not Be Free To Read

    I pay like $250 a year for the daily Waterloo Courier. That's a lot of money when you think about it.

    I wonder how much of that cost is simply material and labor costs for printing the paper and deliver it?



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