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Murdoch Seems Poised To Drop WSJ's Paywall As Well

from the better-for-long-term-business dept

With the New York Times finally realizing (two years too late) that paywalls don't make sense for online newspapers, the one major remaining holdout is still the Wall Street Journal. So, it should come as little surprise that reporters wasted no time in tracking down new owner Rupert Murdoch to see if he stood by earlier comments suggesting that he'd make the Wall Street Journal free online. It certainly sounds like he's still leaning in that direction, saying that he doesn't see how making it free would hurt the paper, and that, if done right, it could help make the paper a lot more money. Indeed, though, we're still waiting for an explanation for why it's taken the pre-eminent business newspaper in the world this long to understand the larger picture.
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Filed Under: media, murdoch, newspapers, paywall
Companies: dow jones, wall street journal

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  1. identicon
    GoblinJuice, 19 Sep 2007 @ 4:01am

    Politics aside, the Journal is one of the best papers around. It'll be a great day when most/all of it available is online for free.

    I'm a fan of FoxNews*, but I really hope he doesn't turn the Journal into a print version of the channel. There's no real reason to, since that sort of market is already covered by the New York Post.

    * Yep. Someone who admits to liking FoxNews. Feel free to respond with the anti-FoxNews bromide of the day. Try to to be original - please! =)

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