Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Times to End Charges on Web Site

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.
This is great news for the Times and for us. The new internet model employed by the lilkes of Google etc... is completely altering the way news and other media will operate. This model was developed early on for independent blogs. Just a year ago, the "establishment press" was bemoaning the upstart blogs. Today, it appears those uppity bloggers are in part generating much of the indirect traffic which has promted their new open access policy.