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Rupert Murdoch
Murdoch plans to work with hardware and software providers to reach his goals

Print magazines and newspapers are fighting a battle today against free content that is readily available online and the need to charge for their content. Many in the newspaper industry say that quality content is not cheap and that it shouldn't be offered for free.

One of the loudest voices in the newspaper world is News Corp's Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch said Wednesday that, "We intend to charge for all our news websites. We will go down in journalism history as either the seminal moment when the industry came back from the internet abyss or this century's version of into the valley of death, rode the six hundred."

Murdoch says that the entity that is able to find a new method of recouping the cost of producing content will not only see its own profits soar, but will allow the entire industry to profit as well.

Murdoch said, "The digital revolution has opened up many new and inexpensive methods of distribution but it has NOT made content free."

The Examiner reports that Murdoch is not looking for a White House commission or changes in copyright law to rescue the ailing print publication industry. It seems that Murdoch has a decent base to build a new business model on. He points out that since his company bought the Wall Street Journal, the publication has expanded both print and online subscriptions, showing that there is still an audience that is willing to pay for content.

The WSJ is the only U.S. paper according to Murdoch that has been able to grow online and print business during the recession. Murdoch is looking to more than simply charging people to read online content as a way to boost profits. He said, "Right now we're working with software, hardware, and other publishers within the industry to develop a model that works for consumer. Beyond the economics, it is crucial we maintain a direct relationship with our customers."

Part of this plan is the introduction of an eReader that could possibly be sold along with a subscription based on contract of a specific length in a similar fashion to how mobile phones are sold. The idea of charging for content isn't a new thought for Murdoch; he has called for all newspapers to charge for content before. There are twinges of Murdoch trying to make nice with readers though, perhaps he took Google's Eric Schmidt's advice when Schmidt said don't "piss off" readers.

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By therealnickdanger on 8/6/2009 10:27:35 AM , Rating: 5
Good luck, Mr. Murdoch. I personally would never pay for ANY news source. Be it CNN, Fox, MSNBC, whatever, why should I pay to read half-truths, opinions, and single-sided arguments? The news has been dead to me for almost 10 years and I don't miss it one bit.

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By mofo3k on 8/6/09, Rating: 0
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By mdogs444 on 8/6/09, Rating: -1
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By mofo3k on 8/6/09, Rating: 0
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By mofo3k on 8/6/2009 11:05:35 AM , Rating: 2
And you've never thought that you saw or heard something only to be wrong? Your eyes and mind can play tricks on you as well. Everyone has an imagination and you should question what you and everyone else perceives as truth.

I do normally trust myself more than anyone else, but I also realize that I'm not without any faults either. Plus, I not a god <yet>. I can't be everywhere at once. Sometimes you have to hear someone else's story and decide if it's truthful or not.

By ClownPuncher on 8/6/2009 1:58:30 PM , Rating: 4
Tricksy hobbitses

By soloman02 on 8/6/2009 11:17:36 AM , Rating: 3
While the AP is not officially state run, it effectively is. There are more pro big government articles than any other news organization. The AP refuses to run any unbiased articles on the people in this country who are protesting. When they do, they claim a handful of people showed up at the Columbus protest on August 1. There were around TEN THOUSAND people there. Hardly "a handful." Just ask Judge Andrew Napolitano, he spoke there. Or that the people who are attending the town hall meetings are "angry mobs."

The AP is so infatuated with Obama that they have ceased to be a news organization and are now just a parrot copying his talking points.

By GaryJohnson on 8/6/2009 11:48:17 AM , Rating: 3
The AP article I've seen say "thousands"...

By mofo3k on 8/6/2009 12:45:44 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah the only story I've seen about any "handfuls" is from like March and it says "handful of protests". Not sure what the OP was referencing.

By FITCamaro on 8/7/2009 6:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
It's making me sick the way the "news" is reporting on people protesting about government run health care. I forget what the topic was of the speech, but I recall people who were against it marching into a speech, holding a banner in front of the podium, and not allowing the guy who was there to speak. It was lauded as activism and the guy speaking was criticized for tearing their banner. Because he was a Republican.

When people go criticize the BS that's going on now they're reported as "mobs" and "bought off by insurance companies". Pelosi lies completely by saying they're wearing swastikas.

There's a huge rally happening in DC September 12th. I intend to go. Let's see how that's reported by the media. If they cover it at all.

There is no news anymore. It's propaganda pure and simple. I'm even losing faith in Fox.

By Tripmasta on 8/10/2009 3:13:37 PM , Rating: 3
Hahaha Fox News!?! A reliable source? It seems to me that Fox tends to run more biased, sensationalist stories than any other news organization I can find, aside from the ones who openly embrace one political stance or another. I feel low every time I read one of thier questionable articles.

Fox News - that explains so much about you FIT.

- Justin

By Spacecomber on 8/6/2009 12:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Can you give me some more information on what peer-reviewed source this study of bias in the AP coverage was published in, or is it simply someone's online blog post?

By MrBlastman on 8/6/2009 11:02:53 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously. They all offer the same AP rehash on almost every site. Only when you go to local news do you find any different content and that isn't all the time.

If Murdoch intends to start charging for all his online news properties, he really has his hands full. I do visit Fox's website (and CNN's as well), along with many other news sources, and I have to say - the quality of the writing of some of the articles on both Fox's and CNN's is atrocious. I don't think a day goes by where I read an article and go "What?," several times in the article and have to re-read just to begin to make sense of it all.

If they actually hired writers who could make coherent sense, or rely on half-blown, half-polished AP articles it would go a long way towards making it a more pleasant reading experience.

If this fool *really* wants us to pay for it, then he darned well better up the bar considerably. As is, online content on some of these major news websites have a long way to go. Sure, there are some people who could give two hoots about a nice, flowing sentence and one that actually feels good to read - but many times, actually most of the time, you will find far better written pieces in print media; that is, unless you go to more obscure news-source areas of the internet.

Good luck with this, Rupert. If you simply think you can add a "pay now" button to your websites and people will gladly start shoveling money into your pants, continue taking your medication and living in your own private mental paradise.

By Machinegear on 8/6/2009 2:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
the quality of the writing of some of the articles on both Fox's and CNN's is atrocious. I don't think a day goes by where I read an article and go "What?,"

As usual. You have written very well. I didn't ask myself "what?" once while readying your post; and I agree, the news organizations you mentioned are dupes of each other only differing in the political party they favor.

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By Samus on 8/6/2009 6:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
the thought of this guy sleeping with a thai hooker makes baby jesus sad

By bodar on 8/6/2009 11:21:38 PM , Rating: 5
In a related story, the hooker was none too pleased either.

By kattanna on 8/6/2009 10:36:33 AM , Rating: 3
you mean the "feartainment" that is at the core of every "news" website/paper/tv show nowadays isnt your thing?

i completely agree.

By Mitch101 on 8/6/2009 11:20:50 AM , Rating: 2

"Find out which major food is being recalled because of salmonella tonight on the 10 o'clock news."

Hey why not be a responsible network and just tell people instead of trying to boost ratings for the news and say more info on that and other news tonight at 10'. Who knows you might save a few people getting sick of dying.

By Tripmasta on 8/10/2009 3:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
That's a very good point - its just one of the problems inherent to a profit-based journalism model.

Its similar to health insurance, in my mind. The incentive is to maximize profits, return dividends to shareholders, and stay competeitive. This means that the corporations do not have society's best interests in mind.

I'm sure I'm about to be called a solialist or something for saying that...

By bubbastrangelove on 8/6/2009 12:58:00 PM , Rating: 3
Hey, sucka! Shut up Murdock, crazy fool! You ain't gettin' me no plane this time and if I wake up on some landin' strip again I pity da fool!

By therealnickdanger on 8/6/2009 1:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
LOL Well said.

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