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Murdoch: News Corp to charge for all news websites

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posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:17 PM
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Murdoch: News Corp to charge for all news websites


www.businessspectator. com.au

Media giant News Corporation Ltd intends to charge for all its news websites in a bid to lift revenues, as the transition towards online media permanently changes the advertising landscape.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:17 PM
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In Murdoch's perspective, I can understand how the Internet has entirely changed the print and broadcast news industry. Of course, he is not very interested in the pioneering efforts of those that have helped spread news via the Internet and other forms of new media. He is merely concerned with the bottom line and making profit.

Or, is he?

Is it possible this is just another big conspiracy to thwart the typical citizen from getting news he/she needs. How many people will really pay for news?

Are alternative news websites next to be overly-regulated or shutdown?

Will we soon only be watching WhiteHouseTV?

www.businessspectator. com.au
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:30 PM
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A possible revenge action for the dearth of newspaper sales.

Don`t worry .. Murdoch has his dirty little hands in myspace, Sky TV and other grubby media outlets.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:34 PM
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Is it possible this is just another big conspiracy to thwart the typical citizen from getting news he/she needs. How many people will really pay for news?


Maybe all the people that used to buy newspapers. A business has to make a profit or it cannot remain in existence.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:40 PM
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Originally posted by grapesofraft
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Is it possible this is just another big conspiracy to thwart the typical citizen from getting news he/she needs. How many people will really pay for news?


Maybe all the people that used to buy newspapers. A business has to make a profit or it cannot remain in existence.


He has gone on record many times saying the internet revolution was great, but didn't mean information was going to be free. Understandable.

Again, I don't necessarily see "evil" in what he is wanting...but his doing will have a significant effect on the following companies he owns:


Murdoch & News Group: Holdings
Holdings
This list is indicative only.

It covers -

•book publishing
•terrestrial broadcast, cable and satellite
•magazines and inserts
•film production and distribution
•newspapers
•sport
•radio
•technology and multimedia
•music
•outdoor advertising
•other
Books
Imprints, primarily under the HarperCollins umbrella, include -

•HarperCollins
•Perennial
•Cliff Street Books
•The Ecco Press
•Quill
•HarperAudio
•Regan Books
•Amistad Press
•William Morrow
•HarperTorch
•Eos
•HarperEntertainment
•HarperSanFrancisco
•HarperInformation
•HarperBusiness
•HarperResource
•Fourth Estate
•Access Travel
•William Morrow Cookbooks
•Branded Books Program
•HarperCollins Children's Books
•Greenwillow Books
•Joanna Cotler Books
•Laura Geringer Books
•HarperFestival
•HarperTrophy
•Avon
•Tempest
•HarperCollins International
Terrestrial broadcast, cable & satellite
United States

•Fox Broadcasting Company (discussed in a supplementary note elsewhere on this site)
•85% of Fox Entertainment Group Inc which includes ...
•Fox SportsWNVW - New York City
•KTTV - Los Angeles
•WFLD - Chicago
•WTXF - Philadelphia
•WFXT - Boston
•WTTG - Washington D.C
•KDFW - Dallas
•WJBK - Detroit
•WAGA - Atlanta
•KRIV - Houston
•WJW - Cleveland
•WTVT - Tampa
•KSAZ - Phoenix
•KDVR - Denver
•KTVI - St Louis
•WITI - Milwaukee
•WOFL - Orlando
•WOGX - Ocala
•WDAF - Kansas City
•KSTU - Salt Lake City
•WHBQ - Memphis
•WGHP - Greensboro
•WBRC - Birmingham
•WPR - Chicago
•KTBC - Austin
•KVC - Austin Fox Sports Net
•Fox Sports South
•Fox Sports Pittsburgh
•Fox Sports Southeast
•Fox Sports Midwest
•Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
•Fox Sports Arizona
•Fox Sports Northwest
•Fox Sports West
•Fox Sports Detroit
•Fox Sports Bay Area (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
•Fox Sports Chicago (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
•Fox Sports Cincinnati
•Fox Sports Intermountain West
•Fox Sports New England (with Rainbow Media)
•Fox Sports New York (with Rainbow Media)
•Fox Sports Ohio (with Rainbow Media)
•Fox Sports Southwest (with Rainbow Media)
•Madison Square Garden Network (with Rainbow Media)
•FiT TV
•The Health Network
•Fox Sports World
•FX
•National Geographic's cable channel (50% with GE and National Geographic)
•Golf Channel (33%)
•The Family Channel
•MTM Entertainment
•Fox News Channel
•FxM
•Outdoor Life (34%)
•Speedvision (34%)
•TV Guide Channel (44% with Liberty Media)
•34% of Hughes Electronics (satellite broadcaster DIRECTV with over 11 million subscribers in the US, 81% equity in satellite operator PanAmSat, and Hughes Network Systems)
United Kingdom

•British Sky Broadcasting (40% - Vivendi may dispose of 24.5% of BSkyB)
•Music Choice Europe (49%)
•QVC (20%)
•Sky Multi-Channels (over 40 channels, including the following in which BSkyB has an economic interest)
•.tv
•National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
•Paramount Channel (25%)
•Sky One
•Sky News
•Sky Soap
•Sky Travel
•The Computer Channel
•Nickelodeon UK (50%, with Viacom)
•The History Channel (50%)
•Sky Scottish (50%)
•Granada Sky Broadcasting (40%) - with Granada, now part of ITV
•Granada Plus
•Granada Talk TV
•Granada Men & Motors
•Granada TV High Street
•Granada Food & Wine
•Granada Health & Beauty
•Granada Home and Garden
•Fox Kids
•Premium Channels
•Sky Movies
•The Movie Channel
•Sky Sports
•Sky Movies Gold
•Sky Sports 2
•Sky Sports 3
Germany

•TM3 (66%)
•Premiere World - 24% (owned through BSkyB)
France

•13% of Breton cable tv group TV Breizh (Berlusconi's Mediaset has 13%)
Italy

•Sky Italia (inc Telepiu and Stream) pay tv operation
Australia

FOXTEL (25%) - with Packer (25%) and Telstra

•Arena (50%)
•Channel V (50%)
•FOX
•FOX History
•FOX Soap
•FOX Talk
•FOX Travel
•FOXTEL Weather
•FX
•Nickelodeon (25%)
•Sky News Australia (33.3%)
•UK TV (60%)
•Fox Sports
•The Comedy Channel (80%)
Asia

Star TV

•STAR Chinese
•STAR Plus
•STAR Movies
•STAR Plus Japan
•STAR Movies South
•ESPN STAR Sports (50%)
•STAR Sports
•Channel V (50%)
•Viva Cinema (50%)
Phoenix Satellite TV (17.6%)

•Phoenix Chinese
Canada

•minor stake in CTV Sportsnet
India

•ISKYB
•Asia Today (50%)
•ZEE TV
•EL TV
•ZEE Cinema
•Siti Cable Network (50%)
Italy

•Stream (minority stake)
Indonesia

•Indiovision (46%)
•Film Indonesia (50%)
Japan

•News Broadcasting Japan (80%)
•SkyPerfect TV (11%)
Latin America

•Canal Fox
•Fox Sports Americas (owned by Fox/Liberty Media)
•Fox Kids
•Telecine (12.5%)
•CineCanal (21.5%)
•Sky Latin America DTH Platform
•Innova (30%) - with Televisa
•NetSat (36%)
•Latin America (30%)
Magazines & Inserts
North America

•TV Guide (partial)
•TVSM
•TV Total
•Cable Guide
•The Weekly Standard
•Maximum Golf
•In Store
•FSI
•In Store (Canada)
•FSI (Canada)
UK

•Nursery World - sold to Exponent Private Equity October 2005
Pacific

•Pacific Islands Monthly
Film Production & Distribution
•Twentieth Century Fox
•Fox Filmed Entertainment
•Fox 2000
•Fox Searchlight
•Fox Family Films
•Fox Animation Studios
•Twentieth Century Fox Home
•Twentieth Century Fox TV
•Fox Studios Australia
Newspapers
News claims to be the world's leading publisher of English-language newspapers, with over 175 titles in the UK, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US. It employs around 15,000 people worldwide, printing more than 40 million copies a week.

United States

•New York Post
United Kingdom

•The Times
•Times Literary Supplement
•The Sunday Times
•The Sun
•News of the World
•Times Education (inc Times Education Supplement and Higher Education Supplement) - sold to Exponent Private Equity September 2005
Australia

•The Australian
•The Weekend Australian
•The Daily Telegraph
•The Sunday Telegraph
•Sportsman
•Herald Sun
•Sunday Herald Sun
•The Weekly Times
•The Courier Mail
•The Sunday Mail
•Gold Coast Bulletin
•Adelaide Advertiser
•Cumberland Newspaper Group (20 titles in Sydney suburbs)
•Leader Newspaper Group (30 titles in Melbourne suburbs)
•Cairns Post Group (42%)
•North Queensland Newspaper Group
•Townsville Bulletin
•Quest Community Newspapers (17 titles in Brisbane suburbs)
•Northern Territory News
•Sunday Territorian
•Centralian Advocate
•The Suburban
•The Mercury
•The Sunday Tasmanian
•Tasmanian Country
•Treasure Islander
•Derwent Valley Gazette
•Sunday Mail
•Messenger Press Group
•Sunday Times (Perth)
Fiji

•The Fiji Times
•Nai Lalakei (Fijian)
•Shanti Dut (Hindi)
Papua New Guinea

•Post Courier (63%)
Sports
•New York Knicks (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
•New York Rangers (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
•Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option)
•Los Angeles Lakes (NBA, 9.8% option)
•Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty)
•National Rugby League Championship (50%) - Australian football
Radio
Analog and digital radio holdings include -

•Sky Radio (71%)
•Fox Sports Radio Network
•Sky Radio Sweden (28%)
•TALKCO (20%)
•Radio Veronica (42%) - Netherlands
•Sky Radio Denmark
•Sky Radio Germany
•Sky Radio Netherlands
ketupa.net...



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:40 PM
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list continued



Technology and multimedia
Technology and interactive holdings include -

•NDS (formerly News Digital Services)
•SiVenture - UK-based smartcard consultancy
•News Advanced Technologies
•News America Digital Publishing
•News America New Media
•News Internet Services
•Healtheon/WebMD (11%)
•TheStreet.com (partial stake with New York Times)
•Rivals.com (46%)
•iSyndicate (partial stake with Scripps, NBC, InfoSpace, Vignette, and Microsoft)
•News Digital Systems (UK)
•Line One (33%)
•Sportal (5% through BSkyB)
•Orbis - interactive gambling software
•News Interactive (Aust) - including NEWS.com.au, CareerOne, AustralianIT, FOX SPORTS, CARSguide and RealEstate.com.au
•PDN Xinren Information Technology (50%)
Music
News has minor recording interests, centred in Australia -

•Mushroom Records
•Festival Records
Outdoor advertising
News Outdoor Group (NOG), established in 1999 and headquartered in Moscow, includes -

•News Outdoor Bulgaria
•News Outdoor Czech Republic
•News Outdoor Poland (Town & City)
•News Outdoor Romania
•News Outdoor Russia
•Kamera (Turkey)
•News Outdoor Ukraine
NOG is concerned with billboards, advertising on street furniture and bus shelters, airport transit advertising and in-store point of sale displays.

Other
Other holdings include -

•Broadsystem - customer relationship management services (UK and Australia), one of the UK's top five telemarketing agencies
•News Optimus - (formerly Broadsystem Ventures) telephony and telemarketing services
•SmartSource Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Australia and New Zealand
•NewsMarketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Canada
•New America Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in US
•Convoys Group - UK newspaper distribution
•PLD Telekon (38%) - Indonesia
•Newspoll (50%) - opinion polling
•Jamba (51%) - ringtones
ketupa.net...



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:43 PM
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Wow that list is impressive. Thanks for posting it. I think we will start to see many types of sites go pay to play. If they are not generating enough ad revenue from the sites then they will either need to make them pay only or shut them down I suppose.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:46 PM
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Originally posted by grapesofraft
reply to post by MOFreemason
 


Wow that list is impressive. Thanks for posting it. I think we will start to see many types of sites go pay to play. If they are not generating enough ad revenue from the sites then they will either need to make them pay only or shut them down I suppose.


I was impressed with that list myself...I had to post it!

Again, let me reiterate, from a business perspective I understand fully why Murdoch would want/need to charge readers for online news sites.

But, this has tremendous implication for web users for the obvious reasons. It will spread like wild fire and soon every company will be charging for their content.

Will this destroy the news media business entirely? (Which is why I asked tongue-in-cheek if we will all be listening/watching WhiteHouseTV?) Will alternative media sites, bloggers, threads/forums, YouTube video producers become the chief source of news?

Will the White House also attack those forms of media for being "agents of disinformation?"

Valid questions I think.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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hahahaha

awesome.

People WON'T pay for it - the news will lose its brainwashing grip on the sleeping people who if anything would appreciate the **GREED** these corporations are about. Might help wake them up even!

When people block off others with pay per view - they in turn lose a HUGE sector of their audience.

And as we have all been taught a FREE MARKET is always going to win.


Pretty much sealing their own fate by doing this ... as so many websites end up doing ...

FREE not FEE



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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They are valid questions. I suppose that even blog sites, youboobe, and others will possibly become pay only sites. As far as I know, youboob has yet to make a profit.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 05:54 PM
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Now would pay subscriptions be ad-free? Or would it follow the newspaper model where you pay & get over saturated with advertisements!



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:16 PM
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The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.


If they're going to charge for access to news websites, will they still have ads? Because I don't want to pay AND get ads as well. If I'm going to pay, I want ad-free news/services. I can understand the concept of free access and ads to support it. I believe that I (and probably many others too) will simply move on to websites that are free.

Consider this scenario: Propaganda site 1 charges money for access and has ads too. Propaganda site 2 has free access and has ads to support it. If the quality and what you get is generally the same, more people will obviously visit Propaganda site 2 instead of 1. And the cause supported by Propaganda site 1 will lose.

Of course, they may use other means to attract visitors. If they ask for pay but lose the ads, it will help. Propaganda site 2 may counter this by removing their ads alltogether, and/or offer other services and features. Anyway, you get the point. Why pay for something that you can get for free elsewhere? If they provide really good quality material that I can't get elsewhere for free, then I may pay. But it better be good.


As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:18 PM
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Originally posted by grapesofraft
Maybe all the people that used to buy newspapers. A business has to make a profit or it cannot remain in existence.


Hmmmmm.

Seems to me, advertisers create profit more than subscriptions from my own experience.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:23 PM
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I think the Wall Street Journal tried this and it was not a success. Who wants to pay money for news online? This will backfire big time! His competitors will kick his a$$ and the alternative media will take advantage of this.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:24 PM
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There is really only one word that could describe such a move as this and that word is GREED. Not only will he rake in massive amounts of money charging for access, but he will still be collecting on all of the advertisers as well. Geesh how much money can one person want.
Not only will we be getting unfair and unbalanced views but were going to have to pay for it to boot. But after all is said and done I can't really say Im surprised.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 09:17 PM
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Those dumb enough the watch or read their garbage now get to UP their stupidity by PAYING for it. Great. Whatsup America?



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 09:23 PM
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Thanks for the list...and showing how much power News Corp has in our media.

But then again...massive corporations are our friends and only serve our best interests!



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 09:40 PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHA Do they really think people are going to pay for their propaganda? I already try not to pollute my mind with the lies and disinformation that he is polluting the world with. This is another reason to continue to ignore the BS Murdoch is publishing.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 09:56 PM
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I see print media revenues increasing wildly, unless there's some kind of subscription deal where you pay once and have access to numerous sites, like cable TV, and the entire cost is something like $20 a year.

Maybe they could work through the ISPs.

Anyway, I don't like getting nickled and dimed to death.

I probably would not pay $.25 a year for internet news.



posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 09:57 PM
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Is that all? Meh!


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