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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 Aarti Nagraj
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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