Rupert Murdoch the media mogul is now beating his drum and states that by next summer there will be no more free news from his companies. You will pay to read his news and you will pay dearly for this privilege. It a recent article this man states that:
“Quality journalism is not cheap,” said Murdoch. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news websites.”
Murdoch said he had completed a review of the possibility of charging and that he was willing to take the risk of leading the industry towards a pay-per-view model: “I believe that if we’re successful, we’ll be followed fast by other media.”
He accepted that there could be a need for furious litigation to prevent stories and photographs being copied elsewhere: “We’ll be asserting our copyright at every point.”Among quality newspapers, Murdoch singled out the Daily Telegraph’s run of stories about MPs’ expenses as an example of news for which consumers would be willing to pay, describing it as a “great scoop”: “I’m sure people would be very happy to pay for that.”
Murdoch said change was inevitable: “We’re certainly satisfied that we can produce significant revenues from the sale of digital delivery of newspaper content.”
What is surprising is that this new model of news distribution will not take place until next summer. Why the wait? I wish this man success since at 78 years old, and with a worth of some $8B plus, he is not satisfied with his GOD [Money] that he wants to continue to accumulate more.
PS Does anyone want to bet that Google doesn’t find a new source to provide the news for free? LOL