UK Newspapers Demand BBC iPhone App Be Blocked Because It's Too Competitive
from the artificial-scarcity dept
It’s really amazing sometimes to see the entitlement mentality of newspapers — who for years built business models on the fact that there was a scarcity of news sources out there. Now that they’re finally facing real competition, rather than adapt, many seem to whine and ask the government to step in for them. Over in the UK, news publications have long been upset about the BBC, since its funded by the public, and they’ve been known to complain about competition from the BBC for years. So it’s no surprise that they’re demanding the BBC’s new iPhone app be blocked. They claim that the app “will undermine the commercial sector’s ability to establish an economic model in an emerging but potentially important market … This, over the long term, will reduce members’ ability to invest in quality journalism.”
Really? So the newspapers are basically admitting they’re too clueless to compete in the marketplace? Sure, the BBC is publicly funded, but it’s just one publication out there. Certainly newspapers can create their own services that attract an audience that competes with what the BBC is offering (or is focused on areas the BBC won’t do). This is basically newspapers admitting they’re too lazy to compete. Technically, the newspapers are complaining that this is a “new service” that needs approval, but the BBC correctly points out that all it did was create an app out of its existing web content.