Murdoch to limit Google, Microsoft access to News Corp. papers

Apr 07, 2010
News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, seen here in March 2010, said Tuesday that Google and Microsoft's access to his newspapers could be limited to a "headline or a sentence or two" once he erects a pay wall around his titles' websites.

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that Google and Microsoft's access to his newspapers could be limited to a "headline or a sentence or two" once he erects a pay wall around his titles' websites.

Murdoch, in an interview with journalist Marvin Kalb for The Kalb Report, also said he believed most US newspapers would eventually end up charging readers online, like he does with The and plans to do with his other properties beginning with The Times of London.

"You'll find, I think, most newspapers in this country are going to be putting up a pay wall," he said. "Now how high does it go, does it allow (visitors) to have the first couple paragraphs or certain feature articles, we'll see.

"We're experimenting with it ourselves," he said.

The . chief said "we're going to stop people like and Microsoft and whoever from taking our stories for nothing."

had produced a "river of gold" for Google, he said, "but those words are being taken mostly from the newspapers. And I think they ought to stop it, the newspapers ought to stand up and make them do their own reporting or whatever."

Murdoch said he did not expect search engines would pay for access to newspapers. "We'll be very happy if they just publish our headline or a sentence or two and that's followed by a subscription form," he said.

Murdoch dismissed concerns that readers used to getting news on the Internet for free would be reluctant to pay.

"I think when they've got nowhere else to go they'll start paying," he said.

Murdoch was also asked about the rivalry between The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which has announced plans to launch an expanded New York edition later this month.

"I've got great respect for the Times, except it does have very clearly an agenda," he said. "You can see it in the way they choose their stories, what they put on Page One -- anything (President Barack) Obama wants.

"And the White House pays off by feeding them stories," he said.

Murdoch also said he reads The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post each day "because I'm going to be responsible for them." He said he reads "a lot" of the ," but rarely reads The Washington Post although he "probably should."

Murdoch also praised the Apple iPad calling the newly released tablet computer a "glimpse of the future."

He predicted the iPad would have eight or nine competitors in the next 12 months and said the devices could save newspapers.

"There's going to be tens of millions of these things sold all over the world," he said. "It may be the saving of newspapers because you don't have the costs of paper, ink, printing, trucks.

"I'm old, I like the tactile experience of the newspaper," he said, but "if you have less newspapers and more of these that's ok."

"It doesn't destroy the traditional , it just comes in a different form," he said.

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gunslingor1
Apr 07, 2010
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jerryd
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 07, 2010
That rich Murdock saying NYT is biased when his rags are far more so WSJ is now so biased it's no longer useful for investing as you can't trust what it prints. For instance their lack of warning investors that the last crash was coming, instead cheerleading that the rise would go on forever. Luckily he is really old and will die soon so no longer be a blot on humanity.
Bob_B
Apr 07, 2010
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Anarch157a
5 / 5 (2) Apr 07, 2010
he's out of his league. i don't care for how smart he was to make money in the old media, he's incapable of understanding the new media.

i don't remember any news corp employee reporting live from tehran, or people sending leaked documents to his rags. people do that using twitter, wikileaks, facebook, blogger, etc.

since those seems to be the source of most news today, who needs murdoch ? google can simply hire a couple of guys to copy-paste stuff from other sources and get over it. it's pretty much what most of the other "news" companies are doing today anyway.
meeker
3 / 5 (2) Apr 07, 2010
Murdoch is such a hypocrite.

The world will be a better place when we can't access his so-called "news" via Google. Most people with that much money would retire and spend time with friends and family or start a charity and actually help the world.

He must be a very sad man because if he isn't making more money than he did the previous year, he must become depressed. So ... sad. I think he needs three ghosts to visit him during the night.
Yellowdart
2.7 / 5 (3) Apr 07, 2010
Yeah, as nice as the newspaper once was, it's marketability has gone way down. Charging for readily available online content/news will have limited profitability. Which is interesting, because it means that that form of media will have less impact on the populace if any in comparison.

I wonder when they will get a bailout though...GM (Government Motors) will be joined by WSJ
gmurphy
4 / 5 (2) Apr 07, 2010
This notion that google has stolen news stories off Murdochs news sites is bull, a simple file called robots.txt placed at the root of the web site is enough to keep his content off the search engines, the sooner this dinoasaur croaks, the better.
adamshegrud
4 / 5 (2) Apr 07, 2010
Yaaaaaaawwwwnnnnnn

...huh
what now

Oh, who the hell cares, Rupert.
Nobody wants to read your crap anyway
saberjim
4 / 5 (3) Apr 08, 2010
Good newspapers will be able to charge for their content as long as the price is very reasonable. I for one will pay it gladly but probably to the NYT and not Rupert's right-wing schock.
Thex1138
4.3 / 5 (3) Apr 08, 2010
The Murdoch empire is crumbling, nothing can stop that and not even paid subscriptions. If anything people will turn away in droves to whomever provides free content.
If people paid for his content and he still spat out advertisements to readers then it will continue to slide...
Look at it another way... look at where a large portion of content for Murdoch press comes from... AAP, AFP and Associated press... he keeps sacking his reporters and employs tabloid authors and does write ups from TV sources... nothing of quality or originality... His empire is crumbling!
Bob_B
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 09, 2010
A Murdock defender is trying to get our comments deleted as abuses. Murdock is an idiot. His papers print untruths.
migmigmig
4 / 5 (2) Apr 10, 2010
Well, see, the thing is, Murdoch, there's this thing called the "AP" (and the "AFP", tho they're a little more foofy from time to time)....
rproulx45
4 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2010
First of all, who would pay "earned" money for any publication run by Murdoch. Even the WSJ has lost much of the respect it had before Rupert.
Secondly, do you think MSNBC would have any problems with Google or Microsoft access? I am sure they would be happy to fill that role. I always thought conservatives were supposed to be good at business.
Frink
3 / 5 (1) Apr 11, 2010
I'm thinking Murdoch needs to invest more in his credibility than in his assault on free information.
bluehigh
3 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2010
Given that a pay wall will reduce website visitors and so therefore result in less advertising revenue; does the presence of only visitors with verified disposal income create added value for advertisers?

Nartoon
not rated yet Apr 12, 2010
The current newspaper profits are paid for by advertisers, increased costs and fewer advertisers will be the death of the paper newspaper, but when they go electronic where are they going to find enough customers and advertisers?