There's Still Room For Freesheets, Just Not Too Many

Piet Bakker

The guest contributor is professor of cross-media content in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Hogeschool, Utrecht. Dr Bakker writes at Newspaper Innovation

How come that the words of Rupert Murdoch, one of the most unreliable people in newspapers, is taken as a token of truth and a source of sheer wisdom by journalists? Murdoch, who said the WSJ website would go all free after he bought it (which was duly reported) and reversing that policy later by saying that all online news should be paid for? The guy is changing opinions faster than other people change underwear…

His latest move – closing London free daily thelondonpaper – has taken the media by surprise, and leading to headlines suggesting that the paper is already closed down (no, it

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