Here’s a nice piece from Scooping The News that outlines clearly why they think charging for online news content is a bit of a non-starter.
It covers the main bases:
- The supply of web content is now vast
- Charging hasn’t worked for anyone else yet.
- Newspapers don’t have compelling enough content to compete
- There will always be free competition
And as Rupert Murdoch has noticed – the main free competitor in the English-speaking world will be the BBC. In the face of such asymmetric competition, I wonder if anyone can make a go of charging for content online.
More on the position of the BBC in all this to come…