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Murdoch: News Corp. Papers to Start Charging for Online Content

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Murdoch: News Corp. Papers to Start Charging for Online Content

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News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is determined to charge readers for the online content of his newspapers -- and says they'll be paying sooner rather than later.

In a conference call with analysts and journalists after the release of the media and entertainment giant's quarterly results, Murdoch said The Wall Street Journal has proven newspapers can charge for online content. Asked specifically if he envisioned charging readers for that content from his general interest newspapers such as The Times of London or The Sun, Murdoch replied, "We are absolutely looking at that. Very much so."

He added, "I would think you will see some [papers charging] within the next 12 months."

Murdoch told analysts that News Corp. is "certainly planning" to charge for content at all its newspapers, adding, "but we will have to just test it first on some of our stronger ones." What Murdoch will not do is create a Kindle-like device or follow that subscription model to charge for content, he said. "We are not appliance makers," Murdoch said.

"I can assure you we will not be feeding our content rights to the fine people who created the Kindle," he said in prepared remarks for the call. …

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