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The Sun raises the paywall

The Sun is bringing up the paywall with the launch of Sun +. Having a non-porous paywall is certainly brave (foolish?) and will in one stroke kill their Google juice, social media recommendations and, presumably, banner advertising.  What is less convincing (or sustainable) is the price – an introductory offer of just £1 for 2 […]

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Is Google News killing newspaper journalism?

The Independent asks whether Google News is killing-off newspaper journalism. (http://ping.fm/9pZzp), as Rupert Murdoch has been arguing. Murdoch sees three evils preventing him from dominating the entire world (!)  – 1) The BBC (see previous posts) 2) Freebie 'newspapers' and lastly,  Google News.  The Independent also has concerns about Google – it states in the […]

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The Guardian and its anti-BBC views.

Guardian Media Group (GMG) say “The BBC and BBC Worldwide are encroaching into online areas where commercially funded players could provide the content required.” [Yahoo Pans Ofcom’s Search Plan, Says BBC.co.uk May Be Too Big – PaidContentUK] The report also states, rather too vaguely for my liking, Yahoo! has “joined the growing ranks grumbling about […]

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There’s cash in those podcasts..says The Guardian

The Guardian, the producers of Media Talk and the Sony Award nominated Islamophonic, has revealed some impressive download stats for its range of podcasts. Some stats: 1.5m – downloads for its 12 Guardian pods in December. 80-100,000 downloads of it’s Football Weekly pod a week [Proving that football and cricket analysis has a massive, global, […]

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Highlights of Guardian Media podcast 14th March

A particularly brilliant Guardian Media podcast [14th March] flowed from my Creative Zen Plus, through a pair of Sony cans, via my wingnut ears and into my brain this week. It raised a number of interesting reflections regarding the future of the world……… Monetizing content: When it comes to news sites it seems that ‘free’ […]

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