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Future of newspapers is digital: Murdoch

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that the future of newspapers is digital, but it may be 10 to 15 years before readers go fully electronic.

Murdoch, in an interview with the News Corp.-owned Fox Business Network, also said that newspapers, faced with eroding print advertising revenue and circulation, are going to have to start charging readers on the Web.

The News Corp. chief said newspapers in the future will continue to make money "from our readers, from our advertisers (but) the newspapers may look very different.

"Instead of an analog paper printed on paper you may get it on a panel which would be mobile, which will receive the whole newspaper over the air, (and) be updated every hour or two," he said.

"You'll be able to get the guts or the main headlines and alerts and everything on your Blackberry, on your Palm or whatever, all day long.

"All these things are possible. Some of the greatest electronics companies in the world are working on this very hard," Murdoch said.

"I think it's two or three years away before they get introduced in a big way and then it will probably take 10 years or 15 years for the public to swing over."

Murdoch, who has announced plans to charge readers of his publications online, also said "you're going to have to pay for your favorite newspaper on the Web."

The days of free news online were "going to stop," he said.

"I believe newspapers will be selling subscriptions on the Web," he said. "A (newspaper) website will be vastly improved, much more in them and you'll pay for them."

"There's a case that newspapers rushing on to the Web to try and get a bigger audience and get more attention for themselves have damaged themselves," he said. "Now they're going to have to pull back from that and say 'Hey, we're going to charge for this.'"

Asked by Fox about a government bailout for newspapers, Murdoch said News Corp. would never take government money.

"We'd give up our freedoms and everything else to criticize or to play our full role in the community," he said. "Nothing that News owns will ever take money from the government and I don't believe even The New York Times would."

The 78-year-old Murdoch announced this month that he planned to begin charging readers of the websites of News Corp. newspapers "within the next 12 months."

Murdoch's holdings include The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, The Times of London, the Sun and The Australian, among others. The Wall Street Journal online already requires a subscription fee for access to all of its content.

Murdoch's comments came as The Atlantic magazine reported that top US newspaper executives held a "discreet" meeting in Chicago on Thursday to discuss the future of the troubled industry.

Future of newspapers is digital: Murdoch

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I knew that printed news was on the decline 10 years ago when my first task when I got to work was to wash all the cheap black ink off of my fingers.

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Charging for content is a losing proposition Because, It is more feasible to allow your ads to pay for the content.
Almost all sites who have started to charge, lost readership almost immediately.
The internet is full of free news.
Use Google ads and make the money in "hits" on the ads.

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That's all we need - in addition to talking on cell phones, now we will have morons reading newspapers on their built-in navigation screens while driving.
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Many papers are already doing this. NYTimes is growing quickly with their online services. The entire paper can be downloaded either to a computer or to a Kindle. The premium service [the one you pay for] is everything the paper version is with more coupons, more content and better linking.

Same with the Financial Times, Times of London, LATimes and Louisville Courier Journal [which has had a big online presence for 15 years now]

Papers that believe that hard copy is going to live are doomed.

The problem is going to be archival. Where will folks go in 100 years to thumb through a local paper to get a feel for the times of the day. THAT can't be done digitally.

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Many papers are already doing this. NYTimes is growing quickly with their online services. The entire paper can be downloaded either to a computer or to a Kindle. The premium service [the one you pay for] is everything the paper version is with more coupons, more content and better linking.

Same with the Financial Times, Times of London, LATimes and Louisville Courier Journal [which has had a big online presence for 15 years now]

Papers that believe that hard copy is going to live are doomed.

The problem is going to be archival. Where will folks go in 100 years to thumb through a local paper to get a feel for the times of the day. THAT can't be done digitally.
Sure it can; already done well by Ancestry.com -- Browser Upgrade. You can pull archives of actual census records and you can link to old newpapers. I haven't done that for a few years, so that project may have greatly expanded. Scanned and filed with key words.

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Wow, I could explain that to Mr. Murdoch at least 7 years ago.
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The economic meltdown is speeding up the process of newspaper demise much as it has so many other venerable institutions such as autos, banks, etc. But I view the whole thing as a ringing-out or cleaning-out process that will ultimately bring about change much faster that otherwise possible. One just has to hope the baby doesn't get tossed w/ the bathwater. These are interesting times...

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Sure it can; already done well by Ancestry.com -- Browser Upgrade. You can pull archives of actual census records and you can link to old newpapers. I haven't done that for a few years, so that project may have greatly expanded. Scanned and filed with key words.
I know that they are available. I have dealt with digitizing them for some of the small libraries. But that is not the same as tactile flow of seeing the old papers and going through them.

Now, once stitching of the papers together in pdfs which will better allow a "page turning" experience, it will improve. But until then, the paper is still the best way to do the research. Then again, I'm old.

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I know that they are available. I have dealt with digitizing them for some of the small libraries. But that is not the same as tactile flow of seeing the old papers and going through them.

Now, once stitching of the papers together in pdfs which will better allow a "page turning" experience, it will improve. But until then, the paper is still the best way to do the research. Then again, I'm old.
Now wait just a doggone minute. I'm not sure where there's a repository of all of these newspapers where one can sit and go through them at leisure but for as long as I can remember, (and I'm almost as old) the local public library has a machine with all the news that was fit to print, page upon page.


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