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Long Island’s Newsday is on the ropes…….

And the message to The New York Times is…do you really want to charge for Internet access?

In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?

So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?

The answer: 35 people. As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class.

That astoundingly low figure was revealed in a newsroom-wide meeting last week by publisher Terry Jimenez when a reporter asked how many people had signed up for the site. Mr. Jimenez didn’t know the number off the top of his head, so he asked a deputy sitting near him. He replied 35.

While I feel for the employee’s there who are sitting on paper disappearing beneath their feet…I happy to see The Dolans lose more money……After their caper with Scripps and HGTV and the Food Channel and The Knicks….I’m waiting to see what else they’ll mess up….

Stay tuned…..I’m sure there will be more……

January 27, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , ,


  1. The New York Times, the Washington Post among others will survive. However many newspapers like Newsday will either go online only or will fold. The newspaper sad to say just isn’t what it used to be. PS I will 28 next month but I still like newspapers!

    Comment by Illinois Brandon | January 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. well good for you old man to be!…he, he, he

    Comment by jamesb101 | January 27, 2010 | Reply

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