Monday, May 11, 2009

This presents an opportunity for a renaissance in Australian journalism

"A shift to charging readers viewing stories on News Corp's newspaper websites is a step closer after the global media group's boss signalled the change could be in place within the next year.

News Corps chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday the "malfunctioning" newspaper business had to change and the company planned to start charging readers accessing content on its websites...

Mr Murdoch said too many content creators had been passive in the face of obvious violations of intellectual property rights.

"Our content is extremely valuable and the violators recognise that value," he said.

"We are devising clever ways to monetise the content of some of our long established print properties.""

Good riddance!

Less Australians exposed to Murdoch propaganda can only be a good thing. His welcome departure from the internet proper could give rise to some genuine journalism. The TPM model in the U.S. has proven that there is a market for real journalism. There is no reason why this can't happen in Australia.

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