Internet news charges could 'drive people to competitors'

3rd December 2009

The changes to the free nature of news on the internet could prove to be a very unsuccessful venture as small businesses in IT may go elsewhere, it has been opined.

Ben Camm-Jones, the news editor at Web User, explained that a lot of local news providers are having a hard time at the moment, particularly in the recession, and as a result he is not surprised to see Johnston Press running trials.

However, he asserted that he would be particularly surprised if they are successful.

Mr Camm-Jones continued: "Numerous studies show that people won't pay for content they can get elsewhere for free, and given the reach of the BBC's local news services, I imagine that many surfers will simply end up on the BBC site."

Johnston Press' intended trial will last for three months and it is hoped to give the company an important insight into consumer preferences while building a stronger corporate profile between print and online publications, starting at the end of November.

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