Friday, December 2, 2011

Free market, Canadian style

From J-Source.ca
"New Brunswick is about to become the first place in Canada where readers must pay for local news.

"The Irving-owned Brunswick News Inc. has decided that the era of free content is done. As early as next week, the company will shut down free access to websites for 18 English-language newspapers and eight editions of the French-language newspaper L’Etoile.

"...Brunswick News Inc. has several advantages in erecting a paywall.

"The first is lack of competition. The company owns every English-language newspaper in New Brunswick except one..."
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7 comments:

  1. I am sure that by doing this, Brunswick News Inc. will soon face collapse. If the Sun or Province were to erect a Paywall, there news is so stale-dated that I would not miss them.

    As the old adage goes, "Nature abhors a vacuum" I would expect a viable news source would soon spring into action.

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  2. Hate to say it, but given the current caliber of news reporting in BC's mainstream media I kind of hope the same thing happens here.

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  3. Hardly read them, try not to watch much, so let them go. Pay? Not bloodly likely. Thank goodness for good, hardworking, get to the truth of the matter Bloggers.

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  4. I canceled my newspapers. I don't watch the news channels. Reading just one line in the papers, and I can finish the rest of the story myself. Same as the news on TV, all biased crap. I wouldn't pay two cents, for the media in this province. BC is the most corrupt province in Canada. Therefore, the BC media is the most useless in Canada.

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  5. Times Colonist erected a paywall on me over three months ago. Supposedly, I get 20 free visits a month, but this month I was "walled" on Dec. 1st. This really angers me because they ran a story a couple of weeks ago which warned local people about the release of a dangerous offender and did not allow me access to view the story. If I want local news, apparently I'm SOL. Good for democracy? I don't think so. Kim

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  6. The TC paywall is very easy to bypass.In fact, it's a joke..only the best & brightest,eh?

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  7. Many of the paywalls restrict direct entry but admit visitors coming from search engines, internet links etc. Their systems will grow in sophistication but, more than anything, they must first have good quality content to attract paying readers to websites. In other words, newshounds are far more likely to pay for access to the NY Times or The Guardian than to the Vancouver Province. I subscribe to a few magazines in digital form but find it an unsatisfactory experience. I still prefer the hard copies for extended readings.

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