gdjones83 - 7:36 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
As a British person living abroad the Times used to be my go to online newspaper and when I'm home the paper I'm most likely to buy physically. Last month I had access to the free preview of the new site however despite my loyalty to the brand, I certainly wont be paying to read it online from now on for the reasons that people have mentioned above, just too much free competition. However I can recognize that the Times do have great columnists that have built up strong reader bases that may induce people to pay.
The News Corp dont care about SE traffic, I remember sometime last year Murdoch threatening to take all of his sites out of google due because he didn't like them appearing on google news. I can't remember whether or not they actual went through with this.
I'm interested to know how long this likely doomed venture lasts and whether the income from the few that elect to pay comes close to the income that they were previously getting from advertising on the free-for-all site.