Lauren Rich Fine, former longtime newspaper analyst for Merrill Lynch, and now research director for ContentNext Media, parent of paidContent, tells me that some newspapers will be able to charge for selected, premium content, but not many can charge for full, recurring subscriptions.
I spoke to her on Monday afternoon in midtown Manhattan, during the ContentNext daylong conference
In a related post, yesterday we published an interview with former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz on his new start-up which helps news publishers with payments for content.
The New York Times Will Survive
Oh, and despite the predictions in some quarters about the imminent demise of The New York Times, Lauren says the paper will continue to publish but will continue to face difficult financial challenges.
Andy Plesser, Executive Producer