The New York Times announcement yesterday about plans to launch a pay wall model on its Web site next year, wasn’t just a big story for the media — it was also a big story for New York City.
Appropriately enough, New York’s media was on the case, with NY1 and others reporting the breaking news.
“The New York Times will make you pay,” started Keith Kelly’s story in The New York Post today, “Times online pinch”. “The Times announced yesterday that it will end its free-for-all online service and start charging to read complete articles.”
New York-based Henry Blodget, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Business Insider even sounded off, calling it “the right move.”
And New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, which first published word of the Times metered pay wall plans, said the announcement had nothing to do with Apple’s expected announcement of its new tablet device next week, as rumored. “[D]espite the fevered speculation of just what the Apple device might be, publishers like the Times are taking a revised view about the tablet’s potential to reinvent their digital businesses,” reporter Gabriel Sherman said.
Sherman also quizzed Rob Grimshaw, of the Financial Times to see what the Times metering system might look like.
Read more: Times online pinch —New York Post
Why the Times Is Wary of an Apple Tablet Deal — New York magazine