We used to pay a large commission to newsagents to sell the Standard. We now have dozens of newsagents paying us 2p a copy to have copies in their shop … which they then give away.
BBC EXEC LAUDS MURDOCH: Says paywalls make sense and Rupert’s on top of his game. [Australian]
[Murdoch] has realised the importance of having quality content … What has been been suggested is to get behind a paywall — I totally understand why that is a good idea …
[Murdoch’s corporations] in particular have been very bold and brave and surprised people with all sorts of things over the years. People said satellite broadcasting in Britain wouldn’t work, and look at it now: it’s been phenomenally successful.
TERM PAPERS: Kids have it easy — they longer walk 10 miles in a blizzard to get to school or, apparently, invest much effort in generating their term papers. [Baltimore Sun]
CHARGING MORE FOR LESS: Recipe for disaster? [E&P]
HEADLINES: A “Simpsons” slideshow. 8 minutes.