Newsday plans to 'end free Web content'

Feb 27, 2009
The Newsday headquarters are seen in Melville, New York. New York newspaper Newsday plans to start charging users of its website, a top executive of the company which owns the daily said Thursday.

New York newspaper Newsday plans to start charging users of its website, a top executive of the company which owns the daily said Thursday.

Tom Rutledge, the chief operating officer of Cablevision, which purchased the Long Island-based Newsday from the Tribune Co. for 650 million dollars last year, made the announcement during a conference call with analysts.

"When we purchased Newsday we were aware of the long-term issues facing the traditional newspaper industry," Rutledge said.

"Our goal was, and is, to use our electronic network assets and subscriber relationships to transform the way news is distributed," he said.

"We plan to end distribution of free Web content and to make our news gathering capabilities service our customers," Rutledge added.

The Cablevision executive did not provide any further details about the plan to charge users of newsday.com.

Newsday has a print circulation of nearly 400,000 and its website averaged 3.16 million unique visitors a month last year according to figures compiled by the Nieman Journalism Lab of Harvard University.

Newsday.com placed 11th on the Nieman list of the top 15 US newspaper websites in terms of monthly unique visitors.

But only one of the newspapers in the top 15, The Wall Street Journal, charges for content online.

Newsday's announcement comes amid a crisis in the US newspaper industry as print advertising revenue declines and readers go online to get their news for free.

Online advertising gains have not kept pace with the decline in print advertising and newspaper owners have been searching for ways to increase revenue.

A Denver paper, The Rocky Mountain News, announced Thursday that it would close on Friday and newspapers in several other large US cities have declared bankruptcy in recent months.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Facebook abuses 'quasi-monopoly' on user data, EU lawmaker says

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Spanish news to vanish from Google News globally

Dec 11, 2014

Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites.

HuffPost launches in India, eyes China edition

Dec 08, 2014

The Huffington Post launched an Indian version of its news website Monday, seeking to tap the country's exploding number of Internet users, and announced its next big goal was a Chinese edition.

Amazon offers Washington Post app on Kindle

Nov 20, 2014

Amazon said Thursday it will offer a free Washington Post app to Kindle users for six months, a move highlighting the digital strategy for the newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos.

Toronto Star to launch tablet edition next year

Nov 05, 2014

Canada's largest circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, announced Wednesday plans for a tablet edition in the new year, following in the footsteps of another major local newspaper.

Recommended for you

Facebook adds 'tips' in potential Yelp challenge

14 hours ago

Facebook on Thursday launched a new feature that automatically provides tips about places where members of the social network might be, potentially challenging review websites like Yelp.

Spotify to replace Sony streaming music service

Jan 28, 2015

Swedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said Wednesday, spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented the Walkman.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Arkaleus
5 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2009
"Newsday plans to end free web content" should read:

"Newsday plans to end existence"
laserdaveb
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2009
I guess tossing excess copies into dumpsters to inflate circulation claims wasn't that detrimental to their ad revenue. Charging for your web content...tata!
Flakk
not rated yet Feb 28, 2009
"Newsday plans to end free web content" should read:

"Newsday plans to end existence"


ROFL
FTW

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.