Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ochs' online options...

OK, I cheated, the 'Ochs' is Aurthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr, publisher of The New York Times who today published a letter to his readers: now begins their rolling out of several options re digital subscription options for viewing NYT content. Sounds bad as per the example of The Times in the UK but no, this seems far more sensible: for instance, you can have access to 20 reports/articles etc per month; this includes slide shows, videos and other features, free: no charge, that's practically one a day if you exclude weekends which to me seems good value; however, even then there are plenty of sticking points and problems (including apparent ways to get more free access?) but in principal it is, IMHO, far more acceptable...even 'fair'.

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Paul said...

Looks like a good idea, I do have a concern that if every news outlet becomes subscription only then debate on news issues will become the preserve of the few.

I don't really want to end up with only the free online edition of the Sunday Sport as a basis for political knowledge. I mean do the opinions of Sharon, 21, 36DD-24-35, of Wolverhampton who wants to travel and meet people, on the implications of VAT increases forward the discussion?

Span Ows said...

LOL! I laughed out loud when I read this...and I agree entirely, a worrying thought and hopefully ample free access will remain.