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Declan Lynch: Editors need to read same hymn sheet

Declan Lynch looks at the start of 'paywall' online news and the disjointed reaction of traditional newspapers

Published 18/09/2011 | 05:00

On that great radio programme, Newstalk's Off The Ball, that great broadcaster Ken Early was talking to Jonathan Wilson, editor of Blizzard magazine, about the recent demise of various sports magazines in Spain and Italy. An obvious cause of death was the availability of high-class sportswriting in newspapers, for free, on the internet.

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And as the conversation deepened, there was a good point, well made, about the sick relationship between newspapers and the internet -- that the best solution for newspapers, was for all of them to get together and to decide that they would henceforth be available on the internet only behind a paywall.

As it stands, you have to pay for Murdoch's papers, which naturally have slumped online by comparison with all the other papers which can be read for nothing. So it can only work, if they all do it.

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