Monday, February 15, 2010

Le Figaro's paywall plans

French paper Le Figaro has unveiled its payment model to the world.

The good news is that it will keep its main news section free and instead raise revenues from its loyal customers whom it figures will pay for an online archive, the best of The New York Times translated into French and access to a digital version of the newspaper available from 3am each morning.

Good model? Well possibly but once again proving that news is essentially a commodity and its ancillary services that will pay for journalism.

One other interesting concept though is that paid up subscribers will be ablr to connect with others creating a social network that will sit behind a paywall.

The packages start at around 7 pounds a month risng to 15 for the superior business service.


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