Has The Times Got It Right With Its Online Charging Plan?


By Steve Busfield: Bloggers, the Twitterati and web users everywhere are united: Rupert Murdoch, and now his sidekick James Harding, are just plain wrong about charging for web content.

On the back of months of Murdoch mood music, Times editor Harding today outlined the reader philosophy and some of the specific thinking about how News International will generate revenue from its web readers.

Harding says that News International will “rewrite the economics of newspapers” and contrasted the Times‘s 20 million-plus unique users with the 500,000 readers who had developed a “genuine digital newspaper habit”:

“We created a culture of free, and we absolutely were party to that … In the last few years, we have talked with great pride

This article originally appeared in © Guardian News & Media Ltd..

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