Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NYT looks to shrink reader base

Some of you may have already noticed, but The New York Times has followed the business model of The Independent by making only some of its articles available for free on-line, specifically restricting opinion columns from on-line access. Readers need to either subscribe to the print edition or shell out $50 a year to gain access to its “influential” Op-Ed writers.

This has to be a positive development. Just as is the case with the Indy’s Robert Fisk, anything that makes the writings of Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd less accessible to the average reader has got to be a good thing.

But say what you will about the NYT – and I’ve said a lot – at the very least it survives financially by selling its product to willing and (oddly) satisfied customers, which is more than can be said for the primary news provider here in Britain.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, look how Fisk, (so much a star of the early days that his name became a verb) has almost completely disappeared from the blogosphere.


10:50 AM  
Blogger Dave Barnes said...

I thought the primary news provider in the UK was ?

Or maybe, ?


2:59 PM  

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