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Johnston Press breaks the mould

Johnston Press has broken away from the general news sector with confirmation that the company will be charging readers for access to various news channels within its local and national titles. The Worksop Guardian, the Ripley & Heanor News and the Northumberland Gazette are part of a pilot scheme to charge readers five pound for a three month subscription or else direct them to buy the newspapers themselves.

There have been rumours over recent weeks that Rupert Murdoch was looking to withdraw his various news channels from the Google News network amid signs of significant change in the news and media sector. There are numerous eyes on the Johnston Press situation with many news providers ready and willing to jump onto the same bandwagon if this trial proves to be successful. It is possible that we stand on the crest of a wave of change in the online arena where the age of free information could be dismantled and replaced by a subscription model.

Whether the general public will be willing to subscribe to various news channels remains to be seen although the truth is that the vast majority of information will always be available free of charge on the Internet due to various non-subscription income models.

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