Murdoch’s Paywall Plan Derailed?
11:29 am, May 10th | by Hillary Reinsberg
PaidContent points out that while two of News Corp’s Murdoch-owned papers in England, The Times and News Of The World, do have a paywall, while the nation’s highest-circulation paper, The Sun, also owned by News Corp, is available for nada. A spokesperson from the paper said there was no plan as of yet to begin charging, though she did mention that The Sun‘s website does have “paid-for extensions” and that all the papers have different pay models.
In 2009, Murdoch said he planned to charge for all of his sites. Right now, it’s a mixed bag.
In the U.S., News Corp’s The Wall Street Journal has a paywall, while The New York Post doesn’t. The company’s iPad newspaper is priced at 99 cents a week.
Murdoch’s obviously a fan of subscription services – he just bought British Sky Broadcasting (bSkyb), a subscription TV service. And if he has his way, he’ll take the currently free airings of Formula 1, and make people pay to watch by airing it on bSkyb.
No one ever said Murdoch had to be consistent, but we know if he plans to get cash for something, it’ll probably happen sooner or later.