“Most importantly we are able to say something that very few papers can say, which is that we are growing, the number of people buying the Times is on the rise. It’s a good start. If you think about it, what we had we engaged in is quite a suicidal form of economics which was giving away our journalism is free, and we knew that if we continued to do that we couldn’t really invest in reporting.”
The Guardian Media: Times editor warns paywall is in ‘early stages‘
James Harding, Times Editor, spricht sehr ausführlich über die Einführung der Bezahlschranken bei The Times und Sunday Times. Der Guardian hat die aktuellen Zahlen aufgeschlüsselt und analysiert.
“What’s at the heart of the Times and what’s at the heart of good journalism everywhere is reporting and making sure you can continue to send people to Afghanistan, to Iraq, to the Gulf of Mexico, into the business world, covering sport. That kind of thing is absolutely essential and you cannot give that away.”
James Harding, Editor of The Times, im Interview auf BBC Radio 4 über die neue Website der Times, für deren Inhalte man ab sofort bezahlen muss. Murdoch lässt grüßen.
Dazu eine erste Begutachtung des neuen Angebots durch Peter Robins/Guardian.
“Overall, the Times site makes a very accomplished effort at bringing the style and symbolism of the paper on to a screen without sacrificing the breadth and depth of information that readers expect from web pages, and the Sunday Times one is an interesting stab at displaying the vast wealth and diversity of all those supplements. Whether they’re beautiful enough to pay for is, of course, another issue.”
Essenz und deutsche Sicht auch bei Spiegel Online.