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John Rentoul: I want a refund

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Friday, 26 March 2010 at 08:02 am



While I wish Rebekah Brooks well, obviously, in her quest to extract money - sorry, "economic excitement" - from work of journalistic value, I am not sure that News International's plan to charge for internet newspapers is going to succeed. The Times and Sunday Times is going to charge £1 a day or £2 a week from June, she says today, which is
 

a crucial step towards making the business of news an economically exciting proposition.


I remember when The Independent charged for comment articles. I received an email from a lady in California who wanted her $1 back. She had paid to read one of my columns, the first paragraph of which was a parody of Blair-rage idiocy - you know the sort of thing: 
 


She had clicked through the pay wall to read the rest of it, which was, I am afraid, the sort of Blairdolatry with which some of you will be familiar.

I replied politely, wishing her well in her quest never to read things with which she disagreed, but she never got her dollar back.


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