Feb 6, 2013

News Ltd paywall rethink: Courier-Mail flags metered model

Staffers at Brisbane's Courier-Mail have been told an online paywall is on the way this year. But it might be a different model to the Herald Sun's struggling "freemium" paywall.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

News Limited is pressing ahead with plans to introduce paywalls on its tabloid websites, with Brisbane staff told The Courier-Mail is expected to start charging readers for online access in the middle of the year.

News Queensland editorial chief David Fagan told his troops last week a paywall was on the way and suggested it could be a significantly different model to that introduced at Melbourne’s Herald Sun. Although the plans are not finalised, Fagan said the global trend is towards a metered model, which allows readers to access a set number of articles for free per month.

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14 thoughts on “News Ltd paywall rethink: Courier-Mail flags metered model

  1. Steve777

    “He was emphasising the importance of accurate reporting and journalistic professionalism. ”

    I nearly choked on my sandwich. Since when did accurate reporting and journalistic professionalism ever have any role in the Murdoch tabloids.

  2. paddy

    I’m really looking forward to the AFR ditching it’s paywall.
    I won’t even abuse the privilege.
    I’ll only read the articles by Laura Tingle….Promise.

  3. Jon Douglas

    It is remarkable that these companies have such little faith in their products. Given the evident sanctity with which they hold to the value of journalism it is somewhat surprising that none of them seem to think that anyone will pay for it.

  4. klewso

    What’s Fagan/that “spokesman” on – and which planet, as well? He’s only got one eye?
    Otherwise, you can’t blame him for not reading his own viewspaper?

  5. klewso

    Of course it’s the worst government for the media industry :-
    they won’t get out of their way and let Limited News run the country and them do whatever they want. And they won’t take advice from a company owned by a foreigner – with it’s/their “idiosynchratic” shares : voting power policy – telling them how to run our democracy.

  6. Andybob

    Paying to read The Australian is about as attractive as subscribing to Bob Katter’s newsletter.

  7. Bill Hilliger

    Fagan also launched a “big spray” at the Gillard government, saying it has been the worst ever for the media industry. Let me guess – the carbon tax!

  8. Bill Hilliger

    Would I subscribe to a sh*tty Noos Ltd product? Nope.

  9. zut alors

    Even if it was a reverse paywall – and Murdoch paid us to read it- I wouldn’t.

  10. Steve777

    I thought the role of “News Producer” already existed at News Limited tabloids, charged with making stuff up to further the proprietor’s agenda. Like this story for instance:

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