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Will people pay for news content on the internet?

The debate is raging within internet circles and the media as the Times and Sunday Times start to charge. If you are interested in on-line content then the debate is relevant.

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If you go into a restaurant you don’t’ expect a meal for free.

Similarly if you want to see the latest film you go to the cinema and buy a ticket.

Book shops don’t give away their best-sellers for nothing.

But do people pay for news content on the internet?

No way.

So why should people pay to look at The Times and Sunday Times when it is free elsewhere?

We have already touched on the subject on PlanetSKI when James Murdoch raised the issue at The MacTaggart Lecture last Autumn and received some interesting views from readers.

Now there is a fascinating piece on the BBC written by a journalist who knows a bit about these things.

Sean Coughlan was at the forefront of charging for web content back in the 1990’s with The Times Educational Supplement.

It’s free to read.  But you have almost certainly paid for it in-directly via the license fee if you are resident in the UK.

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