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Murdoch is right

If we value good journalism, why don’t we pay for it online?

By Joy Lo Dico   July 2010

Rupert Murdoch and his team at the Times and the Sunday Times have laid down their challenge to consumers of information: if you value good journalism, pay for it. After a free trial period, access to both papers’ websites now costs £1 a day or £2 a week. I’m in the front of the queue to type in my Visa number, but I fear I’m almost alone. One might expect to see journalists’ and writers’ unions there, along with commentators and editors applauding a proprietor who places a value on their profession. Yet the reaction among these groups ranges from…

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