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#1 ckn

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:20 AM

The Telegraph is joining The Times in a paywall format.

If this keeps going, I'll be left with only left wing papers and the Daily Mail free online.

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#2 gingerjon

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

I could understand the Times doing it but I don't think the Telegraph has anything like the online clout.
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#3 John Drake

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

Simple economics.

Content that costs money to create can't be given away free forever, and there isn't enough advertising revenue to go round.

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#4 longboard

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:23 AM

I heard part of a piece on Radio 4 this week about the Torygraph group making journalists from the print version redundant and taking on more hacks for the online version. It represented a total reduction of something like 30 jobs IIRC.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:03 PM

The Sun is planning the same. I mean, who is going to pay to see half naked women? Oh, hang on.... :o :lol:

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#6 gingerjon

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

Simple economics.

Content that costs money to create can't be given away free forever, and there isn't enough advertising revenue to go round.

One can compare and contrast the Guardian which is well-visited but loses money hand over fist against the Times which has only readers who have paid and, I believe, is in a reasonably healthy position.
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#7 Steve May

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

One can compare and contrast the Guardian which is well-visited but loses money hand over fist against the Times which has only readers who have paid and, I believe, is in a reasonably healthy position.


The Guardian will have to have a paywall sometime soon. I can't see how they can keep going otherwise.

You can subscribe to a very beautifully put together Guardian online app to read on your ipad, but it has the same content as the free website.

Personally, I'd be happy to pay for the Guardian website but I'm not going to do it while they give it to me for free.

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#8 longboard

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:09 PM

The Sun is planning the same. I mean, who is going to pay to see half naked women? Oh, hang on.... :o :lol:


Apparently they've paid for a deal to show premier league goals as part of their strategy to get people to pay for the online content.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:14 PM

The Telegraph is about to "release" 80 journalists, not including RU man Paul Ackford, who left a few months ago.

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#10 John Drake

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

The Guardian will have to have a paywall sometime soon. I can't see how they can keep going otherwise.

You can subscribe to a very beautifully put together Guardian online app to read on your ipad, but it has the same content as the free website.

Personally, I'd be happy to pay for the Guardian website but I'm not going to do it while they give it to me for free.


It's like putting the genie back in the bottle asking people to start paying for what they have grown used to getting for free. But it has to happen. They'll all do it eventually, it's only a matter of time, or they'll end up going out of business.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:30 PM

I'll stick to reading it in the newsagent and putting it back.

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#12 Wolford6

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

I think if Fleeet Street got its act together, there could be a relatively-cheap paywall giving access to all newspapers.

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#13 RidingPie

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

I pay for the Guardian iPhone app, and its well worth it. Sadly though the Telegraph (which is the other place I get my news) is £99 per year for a digital subscription. Bit steep for me!

Edit!

Actually I was wrong. For the iphone its £20 a year... ipad and digital subscription is £99.

Might be worth it.

Edited by RidingPie, 28 March 2013 - 01:44 PM.


#14 longboard

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

I think if Fleeet Street got its act together, there could be a relatively-cheap paywall giving access to all newspapers.


I can't see them hacking it on that one. They haven't proved fleet of foot on paywall development. Time will tell if many readers sub-scribe to paying for online content across the board, or whether only some titles scoop up customers. :)

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

The Telegraph is allowing limited free access - 20 articles per month, I think.

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#16 Steve May

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

It's like putting the genie back in the bottle asking people to start paying for what they have grown used to getting for free. But it has to happen. They'll all do it eventually, it's only a matter of time, or they'll end up going out of business.


That's what they say, but the can't give away content for nothing forever.

If you do it though, you have to do it properly. You can't expect me to pay for the Guardian app which has all the same content as the free Guardian website.

This site once brought in a subsrciption fee, and I was happy to pay it for the content alone but noone ever bothered to charge me.


I would prefer to pay a subscription than have things like the Guardian funded by advertising alone. As a general rule on the internet, if you're getting the service for free then you are the product, not the customer.

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#17 Steve May

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:20 PM

The Telegraph is allowing limited free access - 20 articles per month, I think.


I think that's a really interesting model, and one that I can see working quite well.

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