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Murdoch: We will charge for all news sites
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Edited on Wed Aug-05-09 08:45 PM by DainBramaged
Source: Market Watch Aug 5, 2009, 5:45 p.m. EST

Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday that the company intends to charge for all of its news Web sites. "Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting," Murdoch said.

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Here is a response from the Freepturds

Rupert Murdoch is now planning to charge for all of the Newscorps. online sites. In a bold move, Murdoch told investors, that among other things, traditional newspapers must change and that he must start charging for all online sites, including sites like Murdoch told investors: The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive methods of distribution, . . . But it has not made content free. Accordingly we intend to charge for all our news websites, he said.

While normally I respect Murdoch as a savvy business man, he has built what was a joke of a UHF channel into a world-wide presence that owns such respected publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and of course Fox News, which kills its competitors at almost all time slots. However, this is just a plain boneheaded move. I am a fan of Foxnews, I go there ever day nearly. However, I will not pay a single dime for a news site. If the most ardent conservative isnt going to pay for this, just who does he think is going to? I understand charging for the WSJ. The WSJ gives very vertical analysis and unique perspectives that you perhaps cannot get anywhere else (although Id argue that there are many sources where you can). However, the same cannot be said of sites like Foxnews or Marketwatch. I can get the exact same data from places like Reuters and Google. The fundamental problem with pay to view schemes like this is that there will always be a free alternative. Unless you have some added value, people are not going to pay for news. Murdoch complains that revenues are down, yet reports are that that Foxnews profits are up 50% over last year, and that is in a down economy.

So, if Murdoch doesnt want to give us his material, fine, I will stop going to his web page, starting now. I wont go to marketwatch or The big winner out of moves like this from both the AP and Newscorps. is going to be Reuters. While Reuters may not be the most conservative site ever, indeed they have the same liberal bias as the rest of the MSM, they provide very good coverage of the news and they have never made any rumblings about charging for their data. Reuters has lots of companies (such as Westlaw and Reuters Financial) that charge for services, but their general news sites (including their financial analysis) is quite good and free. Of course, there is also the BBC, CNN, Barons, Bloomberg, etc. that will also benefit from this same move.


Times and Sun readers to pay as loss-making Murdoch declares end to free-for-all
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  -Murdoch: We will charge for all news sites DainBramaged  Aug-05-09 08:42 PM   #0 
  - "A joke of a UHF channel"  Newsjock   Aug-05-09 08:48 PM   #1 
  - He's also confusing the Boston Globe with the Boston Herald. nt  Old and In the Way   Aug-05-09 10:26 PM   #32 
  - He's also confusing Freeptardism with having a brain  SpiralHawk   Aug-06-09 04:50 AM   #62 
     - Thanks for the laugh  OrwellwasRight   Aug-06-09 06:27 PM   #124 
  - Ted is disappointed in the direction CNN has gone.  glinda   Aug-05-09 10:56 PM   #39 
  - read Ted's many rants on how was forced into being a silent partner at  Lorax7844   Aug-06-09 02:00 AM   #53 
  - If you play  The Wizard   Aug-06-09 08:08 AM   #86 
  - If it means fewer will rely on HIS version of news, it might be a good thing  havocmom   Aug-05-09 08:48 PM   #2 
  - WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?????  Tangerine LaBamba   Aug-05-09 09:52 PM   #24 
  - yer hysterical chicken is gonna meet a strange fate...  havocmom   Aug-05-09 10:21 PM   #30 
     - You're cold -  Tangerine LaBamba   Aug-05-09 10:25 PM   #31 
        - Not cold. Just trying to find good ways to utilize available resources  havocmom   Aug-05-09 10:48 PM   #38 
  - It means he will sue people who use his "intellectual property" without paying. The man is a miser.  glinda   Aug-05-09 10:57 PM   #41 
     - Reprints of AP stories are his "intellectual property"? n/t  ingac70   Aug-06-09 12:29 AM   #50 
        - He's on their Board....  DeSwiss   Aug-06-09 04:29 AM   #60 
           - So you try to avoid all things Murdoch-related?  brendan120678   Aug-06-09 07:57 AM   #67 
              - I try as much as possible.  glinda   Aug-06-09 01:49 PM   #91 
              - It's really not that hard....  DeSwiss   Aug-06-09 06:54 PM   #125 
  - Good, let those right-wing assholes pay for their propaganda  santamargarita   Aug-05-09 08:51 PM   #3 
  - But if he gets away with this other not so right wing news outlets might follow suit. n/t  totodeinhere   Aug-05-09 11:57 PM   #46 
     - Nah,  beltanefauve   Aug-06-09 02:53 AM   #57 
        - You might be right.  totodeinhere   Aug-06-09 06:47 AM   #64 
  - Rupert says, "Quality journalism is not cheap" as a way to justify charging. But he  salguine   Aug-05-09 08:55 PM   #4 
  - He's an idiot  high density   Aug-05-09 08:57 PM   #5 
  - The cost to me will be zero. n/t  Zen Democrat   Aug-05-09 08:58 PM   #6 
  - "Quality journalism is not cheap" ...oh for fucks sake ...then your shit should be free  L0oniX   Aug-05-09 08:59 PM   #7 
  - RECOMMEND L0onix for a DUZY!  agentS   Aug-05-09 09:14 PM   #12 
  - That'll WORK!  berni_mccoy   Aug-05-09 09:00 PM   #8 
  - That's a lot of money Americans won't spend  SpiralHawk   Aug-05-09 09:09 PM   #9 
  - That's a lot of money Americans won't spend On Foreign-owned shit  DainBramaged   Aug-05-09 09:14 PM   #13 
     - And Kingdom Holdings, the Saudi Royal FDamily's investment arm  Old and In the Way   Aug-05-09 10:31 PM   #34 
  - kool aid isn't cheep. n/t  windowpilot   Aug-05-09 09:12 PM   #10 
  - I don't listen to ANY of his mouthpieces on radio and have blocked out ALL faux channels  DainBramaged   Aug-05-09 09:13 PM   #11 
  - nyt tried it, and failed.  elleng   Aug-05-09 09:17 PM   #14 
  - They'll Go Back To It  NashVegas   Aug-05-09 09:24 PM   #17 
  - Oh wow, this will cost him his ass  sasquatch   Aug-05-09 09:20 PM   #15 
  - Others Will Follow  NashVegas   Aug-05-09 09:21 PM   #16 
  - No thanks. I ain't buying.  damntexdem   Aug-05-09 09:28 PM   #18 
  - Make them pay for the talking points!  Wizard777   Aug-05-09 09:28 PM   #19 
  - Effective immediately!!!  Historic NY   Aug-05-09 09:47 PM   #23 
  - Try it! For the love of GOD! I beg you to try it!  Xipe Totec   Aug-05-09 09:36 PM   #20 
  - Freepers will gladly pay  Kingofalldems   Aug-05-09 09:37 PM   #21 
  - They didn't pay to keep open.  ingac70   Aug-06-09 12:25 AM   #49 
  - He's right, but not about what he provides. Quality has gone up because  bobshin   Aug-05-09 09:45 PM   #22 
  - Let's hope so  beltanefauve   Aug-06-09 02:44 PM   #92 
  - "Quality journalism" my ass!  Odin2005   Aug-05-09 10:04 PM   #25 
  - Think he's decided to "pull out" of the nit wit market?  NoSheep   Aug-05-09 10:07 PM   #26 
  - HAHA... good luck with that. Bye bye Murdoch nt  wroberts189   Aug-05-09 10:10 PM   #27 
  - Finally! The brilliant standup comedian the 21st century has been waiting for!  Bossy Monkey   Aug-05-09 10:16 PM   #28 
  - I think he's mad because the gubmint has come  spag68   Aug-05-09 10:18 PM   #29 
  - Awesome! Do it!  sofa king   Aug-05-09 10:27 PM   #33 
  - "Quality Journalism"????????????  Joe Bacon   Aug-05-09 10:33 PM   #35 
  - Murdoch has news sites?  caraher   Aug-05-09 10:38 PM   #36 
  - He's right "quality journalism" is not cheap  thelordofhell   Aug-05-09 10:43 PM   #37 
  - FOX news profits would only be up because of..  girl gone mad   Aug-05-09 10:56 PM   #40 
  - No, their profits are up because their ratings are up. n/t  totodeinhere   Aug-06-09 12:00 AM   #47 
  - Fox has news?  Rincewind   Aug-05-09 11:13 PM   #42 
  - I saw his "n00ze" on the cover of NYPost  Cha   Aug-05-09 11:17 PM   #43 
  - Watch how fast  Libertas1776   Aug-05-09 11:23 PM   #44 
  - Mudoch does bit to reduce Fox audience  hmorehead   Aug-05-09 11:38 PM   #45 
  - Good. Less readers of blatant lies and propaganda  depakid   Aug-06-09 12:12 AM   #48 
  - Gee, I wonder if THIS has anything to do with it?  Fozzledick   Aug-06-09 12:42 AM   #51 
  - Ah. that explains their profit margins  krispos42   Aug-06-09 01:20 AM   #52 
  - Since I never go to his news site anyway  Q3JR4   Aug-06-09 02:21 AM   #54 
  - Does he really think there's that much trailer park money?  jmondine   Aug-06-09 02:32 AM   #55 
  - Hmm.. I wonder if its time that the cable systems put Fox on second tier along with MSNBC then!  cascadiance   Aug-06-09 02:37 AM   #56 
  - "Quality journalism is not cheap"  RyanClark   Aug-06-09 02:57 AM   #58 
  - Good for the bad move by Murdoch.  Vidar   Aug-06-09 04:29 AM   #59 
  - Fuck Murdoch.....  DeSwiss   Aug-06-09 04:32 AM   #61 
  - I just don't think the Freeps will part with their pork rinds very easily  C_U_L8R   Aug-06-09 06:42 AM   #63 
  - Ricky Bobby says NO to news and YES to pork rinds  DainBramaged   Aug-06-09 07:46 AM   #66 
  - Bwahahahahahah! Even the Freeps won't pay for his BS.  Ganja Ninja   Aug-06-09 07:10 AM   #65 
  - Newscorpse to begin charging for their websites  markbark   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #68 
  - Damn... this is a dupe.. Sorry mods  markbark   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #69 
  - Are you sure it's a dupe?  meegbear   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #77 
  - Wow dejavoodoo all over again  DainBramaged   Aug-06-09 08:02 AM   #85 
  - Good!  Uben   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #70 
  - If You Tell The Repugs It's A News Tax - They'll Never Read Rupert's News Again.....nt  global1   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #72 
  - yeah.. Put the stake in them, Rupert.  annabanana   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #71 
  - bye bye Rupert  Swagman   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #73 
  - "Quality journalism is not cheap..." WTF?  SkyDaddy7   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #74 
  - He wouldn't know quality journalism  47of74   Aug-06-09 08:40 AM   #87 
  - Um, Rupy dear, you have no experience whatsoever with quality journalism.  City Lights   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #75 
  - See how many hits they lose then scratch their heads why trying to figure it out.  ohio2007   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #76 
  - What ya wanna bet Rupert comes begging for a bailout?  Ganja Ninja   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #78 
  - This will be their internet demise. First print then the net, how  pokercat999   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #79 
  - Quality journalism?  Botany   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #80 
  - Only thing I'll pay for online  ayeshahaqqiqa   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #81 
  - should drop their online readership ...  zbdent   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #82 
  - Screwpert can lose only so much money!  Joe Bacon   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #83 
  - Good Luck with that Rupie...  twitomy   Aug-06-09 08:01 AM   #84 
  - Who would have thunk it...the money won out.  Klukie   Aug-06-09 09:58 AM   #88 
  - Money for nothin but the kicks are free!  DainBramaged   Aug-06-09 01:19 PM   #90 
  - kick  NashVegas   Aug-06-09 10:32 AM   #89 
  - So Murdreck is going to bang his audience and a Latino gets placed on the Supreme Court  DainBramaged   Aug-06-09 03:43 PM   #93 
  - Murdoch signals end of free news  dipsydoodle   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #94 
     - good luck with that, Ruprecht  ixion   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #95 
     - I hate to be in the same boat with Murdoch, but...  SteppingRazor   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #96 
     - Or imagine, if you can wrap your head around it...  Oregone   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #97 
     - True.  David__77   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #99 
     - Yes, it costs less to produce the publication...  SteppingRazor   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #115 
     - Wrap your head around this...  SteppingRazor   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #114 
        - Civil conversation is dead without a paid subscription  Oregone   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #117 
     - "no news at all" sort of describes Murdoch's news.  Downwinder   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #108 
        - Well, you've kinda got a point there.  SteppingRazor   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #116 
     - Death Or Glory For Sir Rupert  MannyGoldstein   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #98 
     - The Trailer Trash have just been Cut-Off  OneAngryDemocrat   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #100 
     - What he's trying to sell has never been news  hobbit709   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #101 
     - The local/state papers began charging for online use yesterday. The charge is $5.98 per month and is  sinkingfeeling   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #102 
     - Seeks kind of odd  groundloop   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #103 
     - This is "News"?  Liberalynn   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #104 
     - Murdoch's not rich enough?  undeterred   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #105 
     - I wouldn't call what he peddles 'news'.  LeftishBrit   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #106 
     - News?  Politicalboi   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #107 
     - Murdoch signals the end of Reaganite free-market proselytizing posing as news.  HughBeaumont   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #109 
     - "Quality journalism......good reporting."  GoldenOldie   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #111 
     - Will people pay for propaganda?  dugaresa   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #110 
     - later, Fix news........  8 track mind   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #112 
     - I guess he wants you to pay for the propaganda. n/t  Bonhomme Richard   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #113 
     - Somehow that sounds like more good news . . . who would pay for garbage??  defendandprotect   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #118 
     - Welcome to the Fox News "Full Spin Zone."  RoccoR5955   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #119 
     - Good news, and even better news  MarcoS   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #120 
     - May he go OUT O' BIDNESS!!!  Karenina   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #121 
     - I'm glad he's the first to do it.  Kittycat   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #122 
     - Going to charge for all garbage, not just some.  damntexdem   Aug-06-09 05:18 PM   #123 

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