June 12th, 2012

Wall Comes Down

The Times‘ paywall has finally been breached this afternoon as the paper’s bosses decided to allow some of its opinion writers to be read online for free. The move appears to be a first step towards a Wall Street Journal-style semi-permeable website. Could editor James Harding be set to usher in a new age of glasnost?

This is the digital opinion equivalent of 1989…

UPDATE:

It is not too pedantic to say self-evidently that is not completely true…


29 Comments

  1. 1
    Ed Minidrivel says:

    Ye ha!

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  2. 2
    Ed Milibland says:

    Yeh ha!

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  3. 3
    Engineer says:

    But will the FT et. al. follow suit?

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  4. 4
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Sod the times what about our own little jihadi journo mehdi hasan, not a peep out of him for weeks, may be huffpo has sussed him out

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  5. 5
    Truth says:

    Paywall terrible idea!

    Good luck later, make sure you make those lighwieghts look silly :)

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  6. 6
    Hugo says:

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      Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

      It’s astonishing that a man has anal sex with 16,877 other men.

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    • 28
      BBC - you must pay us to watch other TV channels says:

      Seems to be implying his ‘followers’ are more than a bit thick – it may well be the case, of course, but definitely somewhat lacking in gratitude.

      Now back to Eastenders to show what scum the British are… and how much better things are when more people look different but uncritically accept they must hold uniform beliefs.

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  7. 7
    Éd Minìdrìvèl says:

    Mod?

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  8. 8
    Éd Minìdrìvèl says:

    Pay wall. Bad idea

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  9. 10
    nellnewman says:

    The Times? Thought it had gone out of publication ages ago. Haven’t missed it either.

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    • 12
      Reap what they sow says:

      I stopped reading The Times after their malicious, spiteful and as we now learn , highly illegal outing of the blogger “Nightjack” . Bunch of horrible fuckers !

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  10. 11
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’ve got a paywall on my computer. Sarah disables it once a week so that I can look at naughty websites.

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  11. 13
    I don't need no doctor says:

    No surprise that Ed Miliband has no loyalty for Brown. If you can stab your own brother in the back then you are capable of shitting on anyone. Moral compass?

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  12. 14
    Baroness Warsi says:

    I have no paywall at all !

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  13. 17

    The strike that lasted from 1978-1979 (and it was unclear for much of that time whether or not the paper would ever be published again), did less damage than the paywall has.

    I had it delivered in those days either side of the disruption. As with nell, I am not overly concerned whether I see it again or not. I have learned to live without even some of my favourite writers and the quality of some of the competition has risen to fill the lacuna.

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  14. 19
    nellnewman says:

    In retail they say ‘once you’ve lost a customer you’ll struggle to get them back.

    I suspect the Times is on a slow downward spiral to oblivion which they started themselves with the paywall.

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  15. 21
    Mr 0a says:

    When the paywall went up, I didn’t bother but I purchased the app for a while.

    Now my attitude to The Times is the very worst from their point of view – I don’t care.

    It could go under tomorrow and I wouldn’t notice.

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  16. 25
    Hang them from lamp posts says:

    How much will they pay me to read that twat Hugo Rifkind’s column?

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  17. 27
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    Rifkind, Aaronovitch (We will join the Euro soon) and Finkelstein are the three most useless tossers in the history of the Universe.

    The Times is shite in print.

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  18. 29
    Taxfodder says:

    Frankly I don’t give a Damn….

    Reading news papers for worthy news and factual opinion is akin to searching for water in the Sahara.

    News…as their owners see it.

    Opinion….to suit their owners little ideas.

    Pay for that…hahahahaha

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