Feeds

New York Times builds paywall - very slowly

Gray Lady to cover up next year

Boost IT visibility and business value

The New York Times has confirmed widespread reports that it is to start charging for access to its website.

As we reported Monday, readers will get free access to a certain number of stories before being hassled into paying up.

But don't panic just yet - despite considering the move for over a year the paywall will not actually be up and running until 2011.

Part of the reason for this long delay is that the NYT is creating its own platform rather than going with Journalism Online or working with arch enemy Rupert Murdoch - who has promised to charge for all News International's online content by the summer.

Arthur Sulzberger Junior, chairman and publisher of the New York Times told The New York Times: “This announcement allows us to begin the thought process that’s going to answer so many of the questions that we all care about. We can’t get this halfway right or three-quarters of the way right. We have to get this really, really right.”

Of course the NYT used to charge for its content and only stopped doing so in 2007. Execs said discussions had been going on for almost a year and were not a reaction to the downturn in advertising spending.

The paper refused to give any figures for likely revenue, numbers of subscribers, page impressions or lost readers the changes might bring.

Nor did the official confirmation make any reference to Apple - the original story linked the paper to next week's launch of Apple's iSlate/iTablet/portable reader thing. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.