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News Corp is set to start charging online customers for news content across all its websites.
In order to stop readers from moving to the huge number of free news websites, Mr Murdoch said News Corp would simply make its content "better and differentiate it from other people".
try to find me a free online replacement of National Geographic for instance with long and expensive feature stories and reports from the world.
try also to find me a free replacement for the Wall Street Journal or Financial Times, as now they're both pay-per-view.
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"Wouldn't that be collusion?"
If they do band together I know exactly what will happen .. somebody will step in with a free internet news service and make a fortune on advertsing for the millions of people they provide free news too. Killing off the other news services completely.
All airlines charge for flights and that's not a collusion ;).
News in itself is a dying business, at least with the free model. Those that are making any money are doing so by buying shopping sites etc and using Google PR to attract traffic. Free news is going the way of a "Free PC for accepting ads."
You may get "news" from blogs, but let's not kid ourselves, you need a reporter in Kathmandu, Belarus, Iran, South Africa, Small Town Ohio and thousands and thousands of other locations to get a good report on a local story. That isn't cheap.