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Newsday Columnist Takes A Stand Against Paid Content

3814467826.jpgWe’ve known since February that Newsday.com was going to be put behind a paywall so its parent company Cablevision could see if any of that Wall Street Journal magic could rub off on them and actually get users to pay for online content. Two weeks ago, the company announced its payment plan: $5 a week for full access to their online edition, unless you were already a subscriber to the Long Island paper or its parent company’s Optimum Internet service. And considering that Newsday‘s most recent circ numbers have fallen 5.4 percent, Cablevision can use all the extra cash from the publication it acquired last year that it can get.

But not all writers agree: Saul Friedman, a columnist at Newsday for over a decade, quit the paper last week in protest of the publication’s paywall, which went into effect last week. Friedman’s column in the paper, “Gray Matters,” dealt with the topic of aging, ironically something that print journalism can’t seem to find a way to do gracefully as more and more consumers turn to the Internet for free content.

Friedman’s full memo about his reasons for leaving, posted on Romenesko, after the jump.

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FBNY Poll: What Content Would You Be Willing To Pay For Online?

This week, two newspapers announced two very different paywall plans. The Wall Street Journal unveiled a new plan to provide specially aggregated content to “professionals” for up to $49 a month, drawing from WSJ.com, Dow Jones newswires and Factiva.

Local Long Island newspaper Newsday also revealed expected plans to roll out a paywall for its Web site next week. The Cablevision-owned paper’s online content will remain free to print subscribers and those who pay for Optimum Online service, but everyone else will have to pay $5 a week for access.

Whether or not either of these models will work, media companies will continue to test the waters with plans to make you pay for the content you want most. So we wonder, what would you be willing to pay for? WSJ seems to think there’s money in specially aggregated content while Newsday is banking on a need for local news, even for just a week at a time.

What do you think? Weigh in below. (You can pick more than one choice)


What content would be be willing to pay for online?(polling)

Newsday Prepares To Go Behind Paywall Next Week

newsday1022.jpgCablevision-owned Long Island paper Newsday is preparing to go behind a paywall on October 28.

Although Newsday announced plans to charge for its online content earlier this year, we just noticed a note about it on the site this morning.

Access to Newsday.com will be free to current Newsday subscribers as well as those who get their Internet access through Cablevision’s Optimum Online, and the site is currently asking all visitors to register before the paywall goes up. Anyone else will have to pay $5 a week for limited access to the site, and there will also be an e-edition option that will cost $19 for a four-week subscription to $195 for a year.

Newsday has made a number of changes in recent months, updating its logo and front page and revamping its Web site. Last month, the paper’s publisher Tim Knight resigned from his post, and Terry Jimenez, the publisher of amNewYork, the free paper also owned by Cablevision, was appointed to take his place.

Earlier: Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle To Start Charging For Online Content

Newsday Publisher Knight Resigns After 5 Years

knight.jpgTim Knight, the publisher of Cablevision-owned Long Island newspaper Newsday has resigned from his post. He will be replaced by Terry Jimenez, the publisher of amNewYork, the free paper also owned by Cablevision. Jiminez will now serve as Newsday‘s acting publisher, although Knight said he would stay on until November 1 to help with the transition.

In a letter sent to staffers yesterday, Knight touched on some of the challenges he has faced as publisher in the last five years:

“I am proud, as a team, we successfully addressed the circulation
misstatements and, in the process, strengthened relationships with our
advertisers as well as created a stronger circulation department. We
undertook a number of changes to the paper to better focus our
resources on providing Long Islanders with unique and valuable local
news and information. A recent effort by the newsroom to expose the
abuse surrounding the state pension system resulted in widespread
changes to better protect taxpayers. And, importantly, we recently
re-launched newsday.com, which will allow us to better provide our
subscribers with a unique and valuable multimedia web experience.”

However, beyond saying it was “the right time to let others move our business forward,” Knight did not give a reason for his departure. You can read more of Knight’s memo, as well as a memo from Tad Smith, president of Cablevision’s local media unit, after the jump.

Since Cablevision purchased Newsday last year, the paper has undergone a number of changes, from a new layout (that looks more like amNewYork), to a new Web site, launched in July.

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Related: Newsday Revamps Web Site

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Daytime Emmy Winners|Newsday Says No To Verizon|More Magazines Launch In Bad Economy|Magazines Try New Cover Ad Tricks|Chris Wragge On Working Your Way Up

TVNewser: ABC had a good year at the Daytime Emmy Awards yesterday. “Good Morning America” took home the “Outstanding Morning Program” prize for the third year in a row and “The View” was honored for “Outstanding Talk Show Host.”

New York Times: Newsday is being picky about its advertising. It has rejected ads from Verizon, which is a direct competitor of the paper’s parent company, Cablevision.

Folio: Despite the economy, more magazines are launching.

Mediaweek: As they struggle to find new ways to sell ads, magazines are trying lots of new cover ad gimmicks.

Examiner: WCBS anchor Chris Wragge has climbed from weeknight sports anchor to part of the main anchor team at 5 and 11 p.m.

One Last Thought On Robert Novak|Newsday Rejects Ad Chastising Parent Co.|Time Inc. Buys Detroit Home|More Reaction To Reader’s Digest Ch. 11 News|Is Anyone Profiting From Gawker’s Threesome Video?

FishbowlDC: One final thought about Robert Novak‘s death today: “There’s no question if you walked out of here and I dropped dead, my obit would probably have [the Plame affair] in the lede.”

New York Times: Cablevision-owned Newsday has rejected an ad by the Tennis Channel chastising the cable provider for not carrying the network.

Detroit Free Press: Time Inc. has purchased a house in Detroit’s West Village that will serve as the media company’s home base as it covers the Michigan city’s struggles to survive the recession.

Paid Content: More reactions to the news that Reader’s Digest Association will likely file for Chapter 11.

Mediaite: The NSFW Eric Dane-Rebecca Gayheart threesome video is racking up big page views for Gawker. But since Nick Denton reinstated page view bonuses at the Web media company, is anyone profiting from the onslaught of clicks? Unfortunately, the popular post’s writer, Gabriel Snyder, is Gawker’s managing editor, so he’s not eligible for the page view bonus, although he will get a bonus for overall increased traffic to the site.

Newsday Revamps Web Site

newsday site.pngAlmost two months after debuting a new look in print, Long Island newspaper Newsday is showing off a Web site revamp today at Newsday.com.

The new look completes the paper’s transition from former owner Tribune, after Cablevision purchased the pub last year. Newsday is also asking for your feedback on the new look. Take this survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing for ten $100 prizes.

What do you think of the new look?

Newsday‘s New Look

newsday61.png Every morning, we take a look at the front pages of New York newspapers including Long Island’s Newsday. But this morning, Newsday looked a little different to us.

Turns out, we’re not the only ones. The paper now has an updated logo, a new front page layout that eliminates the title bar across the top and smaller pages.

The new front page reminds us of amNY, which, like Newsday is owned by Cablevision.

Judge To Hear Request To Bar L.I. Press Photos Of Handcuffed Lawmaker

newsday1.pngSince it seems like almost everyone is heading out to the Hamptons this weekend, we thought we would give you a little Long Island media news.

Earlier this week, a federal judge said he will consider whether Long Island paper Newsday and TV station News 12 (both owned by Cablevision) can publish or broadcast photos or video of Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin in handcuffs.

Corbin was arrested for tax evasion after failing to report income over $225,000 and lying about it, according to news reports. His lawyer, Thomas Liotti, filed a request with the court banning photos of Corbin in handcuffs after Newsday published eight pictures of the lawmaker with his hands behind his back as part of their coverage of his case, the paper reported. Newsday and News 12 argue that under the First Amendment they are free to publish any photos they wish.

But on Wednesday, Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that such images of Corbin might violate his right to a fair trial, so he scheduled a hearing on the matter. However, Judge Spatt refused to grant Liotti’s requests banning Newsday and News 12 from publishing the photos before the hearing and ordering Long Island authorities to stop walking Corbin around — in the aptly-titled “perp walk” — in front of cameras.

It’s an interesting case that raises questions of freedom of the press and public figures’ right to privacy. If he wasn’t a legislator, would Corbin still be getting the same treatment from the judge? Papers and local television stations publish and broadcast photos of suspects in handcuffs all the time. And, if every citizen has access to the same photos, why is Corbin’s right to a fair trial in danger more than others? Do you think its fair for a federal judge to tell the media what to publish?

Cablevision to Write Down Approx $400 Million in Print Assets

nd0210.jpgThe folks over at Cablevision may be suffering some serious buyer’s remorse this week — to the tune of $450 million. The company, which purchased Long Island-based Newsday last July from Sam Zell‘s struggling Tribune Co. announced yesterday that it plans to write down its newspaper assets by “between $375 million and $450 million.” Ouch. Per today’s New York Post:

Cablevision admitted as much in its filing, saying the pre-tax charges “reflect the continuing deterioration of values in the newspaper industry and the greater-than-anticipated economic downturn” that has hurt the paper’s advertising business.

In writing down the value of Newsday Media Group, Cablevision is wiping out nearly 70 percent of what it paid for newspaper assets. The company said the charges will be included in 2008 financial results, but will not result in any material future cash outlays.

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