Google technology to aid charging for online content

Telegraph, 10 September

GOOGLE has admitted for the first time that it is developing technology that would assist newspapers in making money from website readers.

Public rejects Murdoch view of BBC, says ICM poll

Julian Glover, Guardian, 4 September 2009
TRUST IN BBC grows despite attacks by Murdoch and politicians. Viewers and listeners are rallying around the BBC, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows rising levels of trust in the broadcaster and increased public support for the licence fee.

The BBC is not the problem - it's an inability to let go of the past

The Guardian, Emily Bell, Monday 31 August 2009
NEWS CORPORATION clearly thinks that charging for content is a high-risk strategy, which is why Rupert Murdoch announced it a year in advance; a short history of business moves by News Corp demonstrates that on sure ground the organisation strikes with cobra-like speed. In essence, unless all other organisations of a similar ilk follow suit, the idea is hopeless. In fact, many (and I'm among them) think it is hopeless with or without the BBC…

BBC should charge for website and other services, says chief of Channel 5

Telegraph, 31 August 2009
THE BBC SHOULD consider charging viewers for its website, the iPlayer and all services other than two television channels and "a couple of radio stations", Dawn Airey, the chief executive of Five, has suggested.

Murdoch Jr vs the man from Auntie: Sparks fly over BBC online

Independent, 30 August 2009
IN A PUBLIC DEBATE at the Edinburgh Television Festival, James Murdoch targeted the BBC's online operation, which he said is causing immense problems for the independent news business. And, in a clear signal that the Conservatives are increasingly in accord with the Murdoch world-view, the Opposition joined in the assault on the BBC website, raising objections to the millions the corporation is allowed to plough into its internet operation.

Murdoch attack on 'dominant' BBC

28 Aug 2009
NEWS CORPORATION'S James Murdoch has said that a "dominant" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK. The chairman of the media giant in Europe, which owns the Times and Sun, also blamed the UK government for regulating the media "with relish". "The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision," Mr Murdoch said. He was giving the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival. (Should we laugh? - ed)

The Future Of News Is Scarcity

Nic Brisbourne,, 27 Aug 2009
THE INTERESTING thing about the news industry is that, when we examine it from the ground up, we quickly realize that it lost touch with its customers a long time ago, and that the model for the future will most likely look very different to what we are used to. The great tragedy of the newspaper industry in the late 20th Century was that, in the pursuit of profit, quality journalism became a dying art. Budgets were reduced, journalists were asked to write more stories per day and were given less time to check facts. At the same time, editors were instructed to avoid stories that might create controversy and the expense of lawsuits. The result was more and more bland articles recycled from paper to paper, more politically motivated editing and the collapse of public trust in the newspaper industry.