No, I’m not ‘against’ people paying for online news

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In my last blog post, I ranted about Rupert Murdoch’s “hard paywall” on The Times and Sunday Times websites, suggesting that his company’s newspaper division needs to think in shades of gray when it comes to website paywall models, because the extreme black-vs.-white approach being taken is likely to fail. I received the following comment,…

The Times vs. Guardian strategies: uber-dumb & smart

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Today is the first day for the hard paywall at Rupert Murdoch’s The Times and Sunday Times‘ websites. I have one good thing to say about Murdoch, and the rest will be extremely critical. … At least the declining media tycoon has the guts to try out the online paywall strategy that he’s been pushing…

The Times’ (UK one) smart membership experiment

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Frankly, I’m surprised that it’s The Times and the Sunday Times that have initiated the closest to what I’ve advocated in the past in terms of a smart, voluntary news premium membership model online. If you haven’t seen it, check out Times+. Why my surprise? Well, if you’ve followed recent coverage of Rupert Murdoch, whose…