Times Charging For Content? Rodriguez Says: “I Hope Not”

mmm_2-3.gifCBS’ The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez was a guest this morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, and she talked about her past interview with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, her upcoming interview with hero pilot Captain Sully (Chesley Sullenberger) and her one-year anniversary as Early Show anchor.

But we also talked about the possibility of the New York Times’ charging for content online. Executive editor Bill Keller addressed the possibility in a web chat yesterday, and seemed to be considering the idea. “Really good information, often extracted from reluctant sources, truth-tested, organized and explained — that stuff wants to be paid for,” he wrote. Also: “A lively, deadly serious discussion continues within The Times about ways to get consumers to pay for what we make.”

Rodriguez hopes it doesn’t come to that. “I think in a perfect world you shouldn’t,” she says. “I think that news organizations like CBS provide a public service and therefore should be at the public’s disposal at no charge.”

But in these economic times, she sees the possibility of it being necessary. “If that’s what they need to do, I’m not going to point the finger and I”m not going to judge, not in times like this. I hope not, I hope we can find another way,” she says.

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