Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Murdoch: 'Strong web subscriber levels for Times'
According to a report in The Australian today, Rupert Murdoch is bullish about subscribers to The Times and Sunday Times since the introduction of the paywall.
"The Times of London and The Sunday Times last month started charging for access to their websites, " the News Corp boss told a new media breakfast panel debate in Sydney via video. "It's going to be a success. Subscriber levels are strong. We are witnessing the start of a new business model for the internet. The argument that information wants to be free is only said by those who want it for free.''
Murdoch also predicted that Apple would sell 40 million iPads by 2012. "Initial expectations that (Apple) would sell a few million (iPads) will fall way short of the mark. It looks like they will sell around 15 million iPads this calendar year and more than 40 million by 2012.
"And the iPad is just one of many tablet or slate computers in the pipeline. News Corp fully intends to be across all those platforms too."