Times and Sunday Times websites to charge from June

#3
£2 or not I wouldn't give the dirty digger the skin of my shite.
 
#4
I heard this on R2 earlier also and the editor states they have 20 million viewing the site???? (did i hear wrong)

I suspect other media sectors will monitor this very carefully but it was only a matter of time before one of them made the big leap to subs, seeing as sky and auntie are fee paid anyway I suspect more will defect to there now unless the two attempt an additional charge within the site?

Times they are a changing, sorry could'nt resist
 

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beemer007 said:
I heard this on R2 earlier also and the editor states they have 20 million viewing the site???? (did i hear wrong)

I suspect other media sectors will monitor this very carefully but it was only a matter of time before one of them made the big leap to subs, seeing as sky and auntie are fee paid anyway I suspect more will defect to there now unless the two attempt an additional charge within the site?

Times they are a changing, sorry could'nt resist
The viewing figures will change drastically in June!! It will be interesting to hear what their figures are in September/October.
 

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#6
Waste of money, plenty of free news elsewhere. Also means fewer people will see the ads on the website. The only thing I'll miss will be the Brookes cartoons.
 

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#7
This has been talked about by a lot of newspapers worldwide - expect a big bang soon after with eveyone else following suit. Free news will only come from the current "free" newspapers and they will come with a tonne of advertising that you will have to wade through.
 
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Auld-Yin said:
beemer007 said:
I heard this on R2 earlier also and the editor states they have 20 million viewing the site???? (did i hear wrong)

I suspect other media sectors will monitor this very carefully but it was only a matter of time before one of them made the big leap to subs, seeing as sky and auntie are fee paid anyway I suspect more will defect to there now unless the two attempt an additional charge within the site?

Times they are a changing, sorry could'nt resist
The viewing figures will change drastically in June!! It will be interesting to hear what their figures are in September/October.
Agree Auld yin,

Diverting from the topic slightly: This has a similar situation to the R2 twogs v Chris evans situation where as we'll see in 6 months how those figures have changed also, personally chris is doing not bad but i understand the hardcore twogs fans will probably leave

As for other papers to follow but increase their advertisement? well revenue has to come from somewhere I guess but it's been said for many years there's no such thing as free advertisement,

A paper 90% of advertisements is a shopping catalogue not a newspaper :(
 
#9
Somehow I can't see the Red Tops and in particular, 'The Daily Star', charging for their 'news'.

I can also see some dusty ex-pat friends of mine changing ships to the 'Torygraph' whilst it remains free to use once 'The Times' brings in charges, whilst the Guardianistas amongst them will be gloating until pre-dinner drinks at Christmas!
 
#11
I'd think about paying, if the website was faster, and had no adverts...I'm not paying for a website that takes ages to browse, mainly because of the number of 'interactive' adverts on it.


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#13
I have used The Times Website for years to view certain data on an almost daily basis .... spent an hour this morning and my new free alternative is now set up ready for use .
 
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beemer007 said:
I heard this on R2 earlier also and the editor states they have 20 million viewing the site???? (did i hear wrong)

I suspect other media sectors will monitor this very carefully but it was only a matter of time before one of them made the big leap to subs, seeing as sky and auntie are fee paid anyway I suspect more will defect to there now unless the two attempt an additional charge within the site?

Times they are a changing, sorry could'nt resist
The BBC has toyed with this, I think, and charging for BBC Player type presentations, but recently has categorically stated that the BBC Tax covers the BBC websites as well. Which is nice.

Sky, ITV et al can't do much if BBC don't.
 
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OldSouthernGent said:
Somehow I can't see the Red Tops and in particular, 'The Daily Star', charging for their 'news'.

I can also see some dusty ex-pat friends of mine changing ships to the 'Torygraph' whilst it remains free to use once 'The Times' brings in charges, whilst the Guardianistas amongst them will be gloating until pre-dinner drinks at Christmas!
I think the more high end papers will start it off purely because most of their customers own a computer with internet connections and have bank cards/credit cards they can use to pay.
You can imagine the mob of business men traveling at peak time just using their laptops rather than queuing in WH Smiths. A weeks worth of Times in newspaper format is £8.50 so £2 online is a bargain.
As laptops/mobiles/wifi get cheaper the red tops will probably follow suit.
 

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#16
These papers are owned by Mr R Murdoch of course, who would love to strangle all news except that produced and sold by him.

In fact, unless the news is made by him it wont be broadcast/published.
 
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Auld-Yin said:
These papers are owned by Mr R Murdoch of course, who would love to strangle all news except that produced and sold by him.

In fact, unless the news is made by him it wont be broadcast/published.
Aye Auld-yin and Mr Murdoch has been pushing Editors for this progress for quite a while, RM can afford to take the risk but it's the editor who'll take the fall if it flops?

come Dec we'll hopefully see some kind of outcome or maybe sooner?
 
#18
It's a right nuisance doing the crossword on line though. Make a mistake, bit of Tippex and your screen is well and truly knackered.
 
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lsquared said:
I suppose reading 'The Times' online isn't your thing then?

Does it not concern you that this move may set a precedent whereby in time all providers of 'quality' news on the internet my make a small charge for accessing their site?
 

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