Rupert Murdoch has decided enough is enough when it comes to allowing readers free access to his online newspaper empire. After his global media empire suffered large income losses, he has announced that starting in the coming weeks those seeking access to the British Times, The Sun, and News of the World will have to pay a fee. “Qualify journalism is not cheap,” announced the man who publishes high quality newspapers like The New York Post. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels, but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news websites.”
The issue of charging for reading online has been debated for years. However, with recent dramatic declines in revenue on the part of leading newspaper, the issue is front center. Will people pay to read their daily newspaper that they will not purchase at the newstand? Actually, no one knows the answer to the question.
It will be interesting as to how many will pay for publications such as The New York Post whose level of journalism is a step above pornography even though the sports section of the paper is first class.