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Will you pay to read news online?

Will you pay to read news online?

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says that News Corp will start charging for online access to its newspapers within the next year.

August 6, 2009 2:49 by

Murdoch’s decision means that people will soon have to start paying for access to the websites of The Sun and The Times in the UK, The New York Post, The Australian and Fox News, among others.

But it’s not just the publishing industry in the US that is suffering; regionally, hundreds of magazines have reportedly been shut down because of the financial crisis. Some media observers are now predicting the death of print, and a shift to digital seems to be well underway.

According to Internet World Stats, the number of Internet users in the Middle East has increased by close to 1,300 percent in the last eight years. On the back of that, numerous news and information websites have appeared in the region.

Paid sites are scarce here: Meed magazine, charges $1,200 for a year-long subscription to its magazine and website; Zawya, charges for some of its premium content; the Financial Times, only charges after a certain amount of usage.

Do you think that the policy of charging for online content will gradually become more widespread? Will it help to improve content? Will you, as a reader, be willing to pay to read news online?

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  1. Thomas Bew on August 6, 2009 10:42 pm

    wow, this is bad news for all the people reading the news now…soon blogs will officially take over..

  2. Basel A-Shaban on August 8, 2009 6:30 am

    The digital revolution has offered and continues to offer tremendously high number of information and credible news sources. Rupert Murdoch may choose to charge for his online media sources, I choose not to pay and will move on to another online news provider that will not charge me. Sometime at the end of 1990s, a well known newspaper published in the USA that offered online news service started charging there readers for accessing their online services. The idea did not score will with people and this known news sources lost the mass majority of their online readers. Compotators who maintain offering their free access to online news services gain additional customers that caused additional hits which lead to additional ads to be places therefore, making more money. It easy to lose a customer, but it is hard to getting him back (if this customer ever comes back). Rupert Murdoch may choose to charges fees however, we have options. Oh, by the way, this known online newspaper services in the USA went back to free online services unfortunately, the damage has been done.

  3. Amin on August 8, 2009 10:44 am

    Sorry, Murdoch….Onliners are a different pysche-consumerts…You need to rethink, reinvent ur past strategies…Please do that lest another business empire, like many others in past, fade from glory…
    All the Best !

  4. Dima on August 17, 2009 8:21 am

    What does Murdoch think? Just because there are high profile people who read say for example The Gaurdian or Bloomberg online does NOT mean they will pay for it. They will all go to other sources. No matter what you do to make your news agency look the best, people will ALWAYS find a way to use something other than a resource which was free!


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