Paid Newspaper Sites To Become Obsolete


Now that The New York Times has thrown in the towel on TimesSelect, its two-year-old premium service limiting online columns to paid subscribers, is paid online newspapering dead?

Perhaps, but not everywhere. The Wall Street Journal, the only major daily requiring an online subscription, says things are doing quite well, thank you, in the paid Web world. However, new owner Rupert Murdoch has been making noises about ending the pay plan.

"So far, we are very successful," Daniel Bernard, the Journal's online general manager, told E&P. "We have a lot of great content that is open to the public, but we maintain our core content that is premium."

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