WBEZ | Ken Doctor http://www.wbez.org/tags/ken-doctor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Paper paywalls now a global phenomenon http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/paper-paywalls-now-global-phenomenon-97480 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-20/NYTimes Flickr Alex Torrenegra.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/NYTimes Flickr Alex Torrenegra.jpg" title="(Flickr/Alex Torrenegra)" height="375" width="500"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Ken Doctor on paywalls</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333158852-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/120320 Paywall.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p><em>New York Times</em>’ readers will soon find themselves facing a taller paywall. Social media was <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/times-changes-policy-on-visits-to-web-site/" target="_blank">abuzz</a> with the news Tuesday that come April, the publisher will halve the number of “free” reads for non-subscribers—from 20 to 10 articles per month. The Times’ tweak is the latest in a series of stories about newspapers, including some in Chicago, trying to implement and fine-tune a paywall model. But is it working for news producers—and consumers?</p><p>Many Chicagoans are waiting for the other paywall shoe to drop—the <em>Sun-Times</em> went behind a wall in December, the <em>Daily Herald </em>a few months before that—many assume it's only a matter of time before the Chicago <em>Tribune</em>, which seems to be the last bastion of free content in these parts, fortifies.</p><p><a href="http://newsonomics.com/about/" target="_blank">Ken Doctor</a> analyzes the media industry for Outsell, a global research and advisory firm. He is also the author of <em>Newsonomics: Twelve Laws That Will Shape the News We Get</em>. Doctor continues the book’s narrative, tracking trends, at <a href="http://newsonomics.com" target="_blank">newsonomics.com</a>.</p><p>Doctor called into <em>The Afternoon Shift</em> from Madrid, Spain. He’s been in Europe the last two weeks speaking with various members of the news industry. He he told host Steve Edwards that the paywall phenomenon is not just a sign of the Times, it's gone global.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/paper-paywalls-now-global-phenomenon-97480 Tribune Co. creditors begin bankruptcy court fight http://www.wbez.org/story/bankruptcy/tribune-co-creditors-begin-bankruptcy-court-fight <p><p>Creditors of the Chicago-based Tribune Company began battling it out in bankruptcy court in Delaware today. The bankruptcy judge will decide between two competing reorganization plans submitted by creditors. &nbsp;<br /><br />No matter which plan wins, the company will eventually be owned by a group of lenders that financed Sam Zell&rsquo;s buyout in 2007. That group includes J.P. Morgan Chase. &nbsp;<br /><br />Media analyst Ken Doctor says once the lenders are in charge, they&rsquo;ll focus strictly on the bottom line. &nbsp;<br /><br />&quot;This is like buying a razor blade company that&rsquo;s been on hard times,&quot; Doctor said. &quot;We can buy it cheap, we can pretty it up and then we can sell it for more than we paid in three years.&quot; <br /><br />Doctor says the new owners will likely try to sell off some newspapers and broadcast outlets. He says they&rsquo;ll possibly try to merge the rest of the company with another media business to cut costs.</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bankruptcy/tribune-co-creditors-begin-bankruptcy-court-fight