The Death of Free Online News

MediaNews, owner of the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, and the San Jose Mercury News, plans to start charging for online content in the coming months, in a move that could ultimately spell the death of free Internet news. MediaNews top officials Dean Singleton and Jody Lodovic announced their plans in a letter to employees earlier this month. Hearst Corporation, owner of the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, is also seriously exploring the idea of charging for content on its news websites. And Rupert Murdoch, owner of an array of newspapers around the world, said recently that his company would begin charging sometime in the next year.

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