Mediaquake 2009: Top 10 insights into the year’s media shakedown!

There's a clause in every blogger's contract which states that they must, at the end of each year, produce some kind of retrospective Top 10 list. Unfortunately for my part, instead of doing something useful like providing mp3s of the year's Top 50 hardhouse bangers, I've compiled a themed Top 10 list of posts about this year's mediaquake, as someone is bound to have called it. 1. The nature of the media crisis You've all read Tapscott and Shirky, but in case you needed a refresher on what's happening, then Advergirl concisely explains how and why 'big media' is struggling: The Media C...

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10 differing opinions on whether Rupert Murdoch can charge for internet news content

I'm aware that everyone's probably sick to the back teeth of the debate sparked by Rupert Murdoch's recent announcement that he was going to put all of News Corporation's Internet news sites behind a pay wall, but I thought for the sake of posterity I'd collect some of the more interesting opinions somewhere we can refer back to in a couple of years' time just to see who was right: 1. Mark Cuban - Advice for Rupert Murdoch Mark Cuban now owns an NFL team, but he made his name in Internet content, so he knows what he's talking about. Amongst other things, he thinks Murdoch can make money ...

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Rupert Murdoch to charge for access to all newspaper sites

Rupert Murdoch has just announced an end to free online newspaper content, an idea he first floated a couple of months back. All of his newspapers, from the Times to the Sun, will have paywalls within the year. Personally speaking, I think this is a mistake. It may be that lots of other newspapers follow his lead, however, there are sure to be a few that remain free-to-air, and they'll be the ones to prosper, along with the portals, the public service sites and other, "second tier" news providers. That's not to say I don't think you can charge for online content, you clearly can. The FT d...

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