Friday, February 20, 2009

Newspapers in survival mode

Howard Kurtz writes:

When Arthur Sulzberger Jr. refused to talk to his reporter about the financial condition of The New York Times Co., it was the latest sign of an industry in deep trouble.

After all, The New York Times is the nation's top-selling metropolitan daily and has the top newspaper Web site, averaging 19.5 million unique visitors each month.

Its struggles have sparked a passionate debate about how to wring more cash from the online world where the Times, like most newspapers, gives away its wares for free.

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