The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a new report on The Evolution of News and the Internet. I was involved in advising on Australian developments, and the report provides a valuable overview of recent trends in the newspaper industry worldwide.
It can be accessed here.
Some of the key findings are:
* After very profitable years, newspaper publishers in most OECD countries face increased competition (free dailies, Internet, multiple TV and radio sources) and often declining
Tyler Cowen has provided an interesting economist’s perspective on the plans of Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to start charging subscription fees for online news. He doesn’t think that it will work, but can recognise that on this occasion the capacity of news proprietors to collude around common business interests will have an impact. He does think that public service media will come into their own as providers of free, quality news content.
This time around plausibly all the major newspapers
Roy Greenslade offers this commentary on Rupert Murdoch’s announcement that News Corporation news titles will go towards pay-only access to online content:
I have never received so many calls from so many places across the world to talk about the momentous decision by Rupert Murdoch to charge people for access to his newspaper websites.
As so often with statements by the world’s most famous media mogul, the announcement is being treated as the word of god. Where Rupert goes, said several TV