Rupert Murdoch has taken the lead in promising to erect paywalls around all of his Web properties. That would include such behemoths as the London Times, The Sun, NY Post, FoxNews and such Fox-owned TV stations as Channel 5 in New York.
The wall promises to enclose the small dailies he picked up with the Wall Street Journal, and may also encircle his weekly newspapers in New York City, including the 48,000-circulation Brooklyn Paper which NewsCorp’s Community Newspaper Group acquired (from me) last March.
What do readers of The Brooklyn Paper — a 32-year-old free newspaper — think about the prospect of having to pay to read their free newspaper online?
The Paper’s uninhibited editor, Gersh Kuntzman, asks them in this video.
One reader responded with the suggestion that “I wouldn’t put everything behind the pay wall, but some stories would merit it, like this one: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/32/4/32_4_gk_nude_angle.html“.
It’s a video of Gersh posing in the nude for a “drink and draw” class in Williamsburg. He’ll do anything for his hipster readers.
— Ed Weintrob