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Martin Nisenholtz Departs The New York Times After 16 Years

(Via paidContent)

Martin Nisenholtz, a New York Times Company veteran and digital media pioneer, is retiring at the end of this year. Media Decoder reports that in a memo announcing the newsArthur Sulzberger Jr. and Janet Robinson explained just how important to the paper Nisenholtz has been.

When he joined in 1995, the Times’ website “had zero web page views,” stated the note. “Indeed, we had zero web users. Further, we had no web revenue. Today thanks in large measure to Martin’s vision and leadership, our digital numbers are dramatically different.”

Moves are expected to be announced soon in order to restructure things after Nisenholtz leaves.

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New York Times Reveals iPad App

All of those whispers about The New York Times working with Apple to develop something special for their new tablet device are rumors no more. Today, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs debuted the tablet — named the iPad — and, as expected, a Times team unveiled their special iPad app.

The Times Martin Nisenholtz and Jennifer Brook spoke at the event, revealing that a team from the paper came to Apple’s HQ in Cupertino three weeks ago to develop the app. “We want to create the best of print and best of digital, all rolled up into one,” Nisenholtz said.

“We think we captured the essence of reading a newspaper,” Brook added.

The Times app will allow readers to save stories, view photos and play video.

The 1.5 pounds, 9.7-inch, iPad will cost at least $499, and run all your iPhone apps in addition to exclusive iPad apps. You’ll also be able to get email, watch videos and browse the Web. What can’t you do with an iPad?

For more on the iPad and its unveiling, sister blog eBookNewser live blogged the event.

Previously: Times Reveals More Tablet Details

Times Execs Answer Readers’ Pay Wall Questions

nyt logo.jpgIn the days since its announcement this week about plans to launch a pay wall on its Web site next year, The New York Times has covered the news from every angle. The paper is also offering up top execs to answer pressing questions from readers, which will give information to press outlets and blogs, too.

New York Times Co. CEO Janet L. Robinson and Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president for digital operations, are currently fielding questions for the NYTimes.com “Talk to The Times” feature.

In addition to assuring readers that subscribers to the print edition will get free access to the site — though those who can’t get home delivery are out of luck — Robinson and Nisenholtz gave a little insight into the details of the pay wall plan that have yet to be revealed. For example, on lessons learned from their last attempt to charge for online access, TimesSelect:

“We learned, for example, that people will pay for content online, particularly for a robust package of high quality Times content. We also learned that you have to carefully weigh the benefits of an advertising and a subscription model. And we learned that many NYTimes.com users believe what differentiates us is our journalism, the depth and breadth of our reporting and analysis.”

Not surprisingly, the paper’s own research has revealed that “a significant number of our best customers are willing to pay for access to the entire Web site,” which is most likely the impetus behind the confidence to launch a pay wall.

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Report: NYT To Start Charging For Web Content

nyt logo.jpgOver the weekend, Gabriel Sherman at New York magazine reported that The New York Times is finally close to unveiling a plan to charge readers for access to its Web site.

Sources tell Sherman that the Times could announced their model — which will be similar to that employed by The Financial Times — by the end of the month, although it won’t be implemented until sometime in the spring. Currently, the FT‘s pay wall allows registered readers to read 10 stories per month before prompting them to sign up for a tiered subscription model.

The Times has been promising to announce plans of a pay wall of some sort since the summer, but execs have been dragging their feet because of disagreement among leaders of the newsroom, Sherman said:

“In favor of a paid model were [executive editor Bill Keller] and managing editor Jill Abramson. [Digital chief Martin Nisenholtz] and former deputy managing editor Jon Landman, who was until recently in charge of nytimes.com, advocated for a free site.”

Although keeping the site free would draw more readers than a restricted pay site, media companies would be remiss if they didn’t try to monetize their online content in order to create a new stream of revenue. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who invested in the Times last year, might also be behind the pay wall push. The New York Post reported today that Slim made an appearance on CNBC on Friday stating that he was in favor of dumping the free Web content model.

But despite the swirling rumors, the Times is staying mum. Keller declined to comment to New York‘s Daily Intel blog and spokesperson Diane McNulty said: “We’ll announce a decision when we believe that we have crafted the best possible business approach. No details till then.”

New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers –Daily Intel

‘Slim’ Times optionNew York Post

Previously: Times Keller: Within Weeks Of Decision On Pay Wall