Paying To Read Online News?

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

The editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, has predicted that "almost all" news organizations will start invoking some pay-as-you-go scheme for reading their content.  Rupert Murdoch has declared that all News Corp newspapers will be charging online by the end of the year, but as yet no concrete moves seem to have been made.

Others aren't as pessimistic.

From a business standpoint, the Internet has killed the print media, and newspapers need to come up with a better business model to survive (advertisements on online versions of newspapers just don't cut it).

From a consumer standpoint, this is of course not very welcome news.