The Boston Globe will soon begin charging for its Web site, publisher P. Steven Ainsley told the paper's union bosses yesterday as the Globe's parent New York Times [NYT] Co. confirmed in a regulatory filing that the money-losing Hub broadsheet is for sale.
Boston Sports Media Watch looks at the story as well.
There have been a lot of rumblings recently that more and more newspapers and news outlets are going to attempt to raise their falling fortunes by limiting access to their online work and charging readers a fee to access and read it. An Associated Press (another news agency looking to get more protective of their content) article this morning reports that News Corp.’s newspapers will also soon be charging for content.
While I can see that their logic in not wishing to keep giving away their content and work for free, I have my doubts as to whether this is going to be successful. The AP article above has Rupert Murdoch pointing to the Wall Street Journal and WSJ.com as a successful model for paid content that the rest of News Corp. will be trying to emulate.
Note: In case you were wondering, CelticsBlog has no plans of ever going into the pay-for-content business.