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Valérie-Anne Bleyen and Leo Van Hove at Vrije Universiteit Brussel conducted a study of 87 newspaper Web sites in nine Western European countries in 2006, 2008 and 2009, the latest SFN's report, New Revenue Models for Newspaper Companies, reported.

The study categorised the sites into the following groups: free, fee light and fee+. "Fee light" refers to newspaper sites where all the news, columns and archived articles (if available) are free, and where the PDF version is the only paid-for content on the site. "Fee+" on the other hand, refers to sites that offer something other than a PDF against payment.

According to the study, the share of the free news sites across the nine countries increased from 19.5 percent in 2006 to 25.6 percent in 2008. However, in 2009 the growth of free sites seemed to slow, as it only increased slightly to 26.8 percent.

Luxembourg, Spain, Belgium and France are the countries with the biggest growth of free sites. In Luxembourg, the amount of free sites jumped from 33.3 in 2006 and 2008 to 66.7 in 2009. In Spain, the figures boosted from nothing in 2006 to 37.5 percent in 2009.

In Belgium, they grew from 11.1 percent in 2006 to 22.2 percent in 2008. In France, the numbers went up from 9.1 percent in 2006 to 18.2 percent in 2008.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-04-07 22:31

As the newspaper industry increasingly embraces various paid online models, newspapers in New Hampshire, United States are following suit, with several planning to roll out a metered payment system for online content soon, NashuaTelegraph.com reported yesterday. The papers include The (Nashua) Telegraph, Concord Monitor, The Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online), and The Conway Daily Sun.

"The news industry's well-publicized financial problems, combined with technological improvements, are tipping the scales in favor of charging for online content - a move that has long been considered risky because of consumer expectations that information on the Internet should be free," the NashuaTelegraph.com article, by Ashley Smith, stated.

The Seacoast Media Group, owned by Dow Jones, plans to launch metered payment access in September or October, said John Tabor, president and publisher of Seacoast Media Group, according to NashuaTelegraph.com.

"After 10 or 15 years of this, we know that you can't support a newsroom with a free online model and digital ads," he said.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-04-05 23:48

As paywalls go up across the web, most notably those implemented by the Times and Sunday Times last week, one comes tumbling down, reports Press Gazette. Johnston Press, a UK regional publisher with over 300 titles across the country, ended its paywall experiment this week.

In November of 2009, Johnston Press implemented various paid content strategies on four of its English titles and two Scottish titles. Some websites offered "teaser" content that suggested the reader buy the paper version to finish the article, others required user registration, and a few titles erected a paywall, allowing readers 3 months of paid content for £5. Johnston Press' annual report, published earlier this month, gave an optimistic outlook on the ability of JP papers to implement a paywall successfully.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-04-01 21:49

Two of Britain's top-selling newspapers will start charging for online content beginning in June.

The Times and The Sunday Times made the announcement Friday. Readers will be charged £2 for a week's subscription, or £1 for a day's access to two new sites, thetimes.co.uk and sundaytimes.co.uk. Existing subscribers to the print editions will be given free online access, according to Times Online.

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, parent company of The Times, announced in August plans to charge for online content on all of the company's newspaper Web sites.

Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International - a British division of News Corp. - said this of the announcement in a statement Friday: "This is a crucial step towards making the business of news an economically exciting proposition. We are proud of our journalism and unashamed to say that we believe it has value."

News International, which includes The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times and News of the World, said in a statement that The Times and The Sunday Times would introduce new Web sites in early May, separating their online content from a combined site for the first time.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-30 01:30

Independent News and Media last week unveiled premium content across its 13 regional newspaper Web sites in Ireland.

The newspapers will continue carrying a considerable amount of free content across the newspaper Web sites, Patrick Lenehan, CTO of Independent Digital, told SFN. The non-newspaper sourced content was built up over the past 18 months.

Newspapers now under the freemium model include: the Kerryman, Corkman, Sligo Champion, Drogheda Independent, Fingal Independent, The Argus, Bray People, Carlow People, Enniscorthy Guardian, Gorey Guardian, New Ross Standard, Wicklow People and Wexford People.

"This is very much a trial. There are no plans to launch across our national newspaper brands (e.g. Independent.ie) as the national newspaper Web sites perform very well with an advertising supported model - in fact they are market leaders commercially," Lenehan stated in an e-mail.

The launch of the new freemium model was showcased to print readers with a full-page colour ad in each regional newspaper. The ad included a letter from the editor and information detailing which content would be paid, and which would be free.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-29 23:32

Le Monde announced Tuesday that, starting March 29, it will be offering a new subscription package encompassing all media on which the top French newspaper is offered. Currently, the site offers free access to much of its online content, articles from that day's print newspaper, which are relegated to a subscription-only archive the next day, and there is a free iPhone

The move comes as part of an effort to create what application, which has received over 1.4 million downloads to date. Upon the implementation of a paywall, Le Monde's print edition will no longer be available online to anyone but web subscribers.Eric Fotterino, CEO of Le Monde, calls a "global brand."

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-26 18:21

Fifteen percent of people surveyed said they are "seriously considering" buying an iPad in the next three months - a slightly higher number than those saying they will buy an Amazon Kindle, according to a new report by comScore. Meanwhile, of the consumers who currently own an iPhone or iPod Touch are "more than twice as willing to pay for newspaper and magazine subscriptions formatted for e-readers" than those who don't own either device, according to the report, PoynterOnline reported today.

The April 3 release of the iPad is pushing publishers to quickly develop new strategies for the device, with more than 27,000 book apps in Apple's App Store at the last count, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. However, Fairfax Media's marketing and newspaper sales director told the SMH that finding a market for an app isn't as easy as it may seem.

"It's clear at this early stage that the people who succeed with apps will be those who can provide major exposure in other media outlets to generate awareness to generate the sales," Robert Whitehead told the SMH. "With 150,000 apps on the App store, for example, they don't just sell themselves."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-23 18:21

Nikkei Inc., the Japanese newspaper publisher of Japan's five largest newspapers, has announced it will launch a paid digital edition for its business daily, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (known as The Nikkei), on March 23.

Access to the publisher's previous newspaper website, Nikkei Net was free of charge. However, after March 23, access to part of the content of the new website will be limited to paid subscribers only, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-19 04:03

ABC recently announced plans to initiate a paywall for some of its online content starting this June, hoping to alleviate some of its financial troubles and increase revenue. The announcement comes in the wake of ABC's restructuring plans and its decision to eliminate 300 to 400 jobs through buyout propositions.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-03-17 03:42

The latest addition to paid online content in the United Kingdom comes from Newsquest Media Group. Two northwest dailies of the group, The Bolton News and Lancashire Telegraph, launched subscription-only electronic editions of their titles last week, HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk reported.

While the print editions of the newspapers are sold at 40p per copy, the online editions are available at a fraction of the cost, 10p per copy; thereby allowing readers a chance to save money and get news on time. The e-editions use "page-turning" software by PageSuite, used by many local newspapers.
Newsquest's South London-based News Shopper Series has also recently launched an online version using PageSuite; however, the online shoppers are free. Glasgow daily The Herald also offers readers a subscription e-edition, using the software, according to HTFP.

In the past, Newsquest has tested hosting subscription-only PDF versions on many of its newspapers, but "HTFP understands these have no been discontinued," the media site reported.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-03-08 15:11

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