As New 'Digital First' CEO Takes Over At Media News, First Course Of Business Was Dropping Righthaven
from the a-good-first-impression dept
Even better? It appears that one of Paton's first acts of business was to end Media News' deal with Righthaven. In true "digital first," mode, Paton made this clear in a tweet to Dan Gillmor:
Media News has already terminated their relationship with RightsHaven.In a later interview, Paton said doing a deal with Righthaven was a "dumb idea from the start."
This is quite a shift for Media News, which was previously run by Dean Singleton (who also was chair of the Associated Press), who was a big fan of "cracking down" on the internet. He was the one who brought in Righthaven, and was a huge proponent of putting up paywalls, because he thought it added more value to newspapers. Paton, who has spoken out against paywalls in the past, has said that he's not yet up-to-speed on Media News's paywalls to know what to do about them, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the company reverse course soon enough.