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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztik View Post
    Buy a newspaper? I guess if everyone is reading it online they need to make money somehow.
    That's why the website is covered in advertising - to pay for it. Even with the subscription, the website is still full of ads.

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    Yes but I'm assuming (and could be wrong) that the subscription fee would make up for the money they lose out on with people not buying newspapers anymore? The ads may pay for the website but they are still losing sales.


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    Find a better source than the red-neck stomping grounds of news.com.au?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztik View Post
    Yes but I'm assuming (and could be wrong) that the subscription fee would make up for the money they lose out on with people not buying newspapers anymore? The ads may pay for the website but they are still losing sales.


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    Seems like bad business logic to me, the advertising revenue online will drop as the readers refuse to pay the fee, so what then? Raise the fee and send the paying customers to cheaper (or free) alternatives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    News.com.au and it's state newspapers (couriermail etc) are now subscription only. Where else can I go to read the news now!!!
    I can still access news.com.au on my phone as per usual

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    I dunno, I really don't see anything wrong with paying to read online? Newspapers were never free were they? I want to know that our journalists are still going to get paid and our industry won't go belly up- although that is looking more and more likely. Although I will say, I feel less than kind about the ones who are allowing the likes of Gina Rinedhart to buy shares. I think I would just stick with ABC myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    Seems like bad business logic to me, the advertising revenue online will drop as the readers refuse to pay the fee, so what then? Raise the fee and send the paying customers to cheaper (or free) alternatives?
    More and more news sources are starting to change to subscription only, and therefore we'll end up how it was in the beginning - user pays, and advertising will exist within the pages. Exactly the same as when it was hard copy only. A friend of mine posted a link to the first newspapers online last week (think it was from about 20 years ago).

    At that time, you could buy a newspaper for 20c, and it took 2hours to download a newspaper, which cost you $5 per hour for downloading.

    Business logic shows that others will follow suit, which means we're more likely to have readers choose to subscribe as there'll be less options to choose from which are free. Only site which I don't think can ask for subscription would be abc.

    Makes me think about foxtel. People can get tv for free from lots of other alternatives these days, but foxtel seems to be doing well enough for itself.


 

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