This morning’s Today Programme discusses pay walls with BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones; Emily Bell, director of digital content at the Guardian; and Roger Parry, former chair of Johnston Press.
Johnston Press is – from this morning – to start charging for web access to some of its regional newspapers.
Cellan-Jones says it will be a ‘real test of the appetite of readers to actually pay for what’s online’.
Emily Bell makes the distinction between ‘paid content’ and ‘pay walls’; while she is sceptical about the future success of pay walls, people might be willing to pay for an iPhone app, for example, she says.
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