NAA Mid Year Roundup: NYTCO, DJ Pay Models; Media General, Journal Register,


N.Y. Times, Dow Jones tout online pay models: NYTCO and DJ are considering more premium products. NYTCO CEO Janet Robinson said TimesSelect has more than 500,000 subscribers and is generating $6 million in revenue. That “really bodes well, I think, for us doing this at some of our other sites,” Robinson said. No pay tiers are coming this year at other papers.
Meanwhile, WSJ Publisher Gordon Crovitz said the company is considering more enterprise deals like the one with LexisNexis, adding that the agreement for LN to market to the legal community will lead to “tens of thousands” incremental Online Journal subs. Even better, online produces a very high margin. Crovitz: “That’s frankly one reason why we’re so surprised that other publishers, who have what one would think would be high-quality brands, have not found a way to charge for the bulk of their content.”
Media General Sees Online Revenue Growing: The company is boosting its online presence and expects interactive to be “cash-flow positive” this year followed by profitability in 2007.
Journal Register Expects Lower 2nd-Quarter Profit Due to Weakness in Michigan, Cleveland Area: But the newspaper chain expects online revenue of $18 million in 2006, nearly double over last year; the December ’05 acquisition of alone is expected to add $5 million.

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