By Roy Greenslade: Barrister and writer Tim Kevan has withdrawn his popular Baby Barista blog from The Times’s website in reaction to its paywall plans. He explains:
Now don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely no problem with the decision to start charging. They can do what they like. But I didn’t start this blog for it to be the exclusive preserve of a limited few subscribers.
I wrote it to entertain whosoever wishes to read it. Hence my decision to resign which I made with regret. I remain extremely grateful to The Times for hosting the blog for the last three years and wish them luck with their experiment.
But it emerged within days of announcing his move that Kevan did indeed have a problem with the paywall. He now writes:
I think the decision will prove to be a disaster. There are so many innovative ways of making cash online and the decision to plump for an across-the-board blanket subscription over the whole of their content makes them look like a big lumbering giant, unable to cope with the diversification of the media brought about by online content, blogging, Facebook, Twitter
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