The Daily Telegraph is to extend its paywall to us in the UK. Up until now there was no restriction on UK readers, though readers in other countries (including Ireland) could only click a maximum of 20 pages per month before the paywall went up. This latter arrangement is now covering us in the UK too.
BBC News - Telegraph extends paywall to UK readersThe New York Times, The Times and other papers have put up paywalls to get more revenue from their readers.
All newspaper organisations are facing more competition from the likes of Google, blogs and non-traditional media as well.
How long will it be before the seemingly inevitable happens and all main newspaper groups go behind paywalls? It is quite clear that the printed press is on life support at the moment, and it seems fairly obvious that they cannot afford to continue not charging for online content without losses and staff cuts, etc.
Is it fair enough that we pay for reading their work, rather than being complicit in the demise of print media by parasitically enjoying (or not) the content for nothing? Or are the newspaper groups being short-sighted here in not reassessing their business structure in order to maximise advertising revenue online, broadening readership as wide as possible, in order to compete with exclusively online (and free) news content?
Will paywalls soon be the norm?