Call to limit Beeb to three stories per city online

The chief executive of Johnston Press has called for the BBC to be limited to “three online news stories per day per city”.

John Fry has contacted the BBC Trust “as he seeks to increase [Johnston’s] paid-for services”.

Johnston Press explored the idea of paywalls last year, but the plans were quickly dropped. He said the free availability of BBC News meant “it was widely thought that the experiment had been a failure”.

“[Charging] on the internet is very difficult because we’ve had 15 years of free”, added Fry.

(Source: Press Gazette)

This article appears in issue 257 of Media Digest.

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