“In a move every bit as bold as its decision to buy into the newspaper business, Cablevision yesterday said that it plans to charge readers for access to Newsday’s Web site.
Newsday (a Long Island, NY newspaper) will be among the first general-interest newspapers to adopt a paid online model, and the move will certainly add to the industry debate about whether news outlets should make their Web sites free or paid.
Cablevision gave no details on how it will execute the pay model for Newsday, or how much it will charge for access.
Proponents of the free online model argue that it generates more traffic, which in turn allows companies to charge advertisers higher rates. Those in favor of the paid online model claim that advertisers aren’t paying enough online to make up for the revenue losses on the print side, and therefore need to find other ways to subsidize their business.”
There’s no talk that I’m aware of about making such a move at the AJC. But as news operations look for a sustainable economic model, people all over the country are going to be trying a lot of different approaches.