In a personal show, I discuss what lead to stopping delivery of the local paper…after 30 years. Boston Globe owners are right in there with cable providers in jacking up prices and seeing how much subscribers will tolerate.
They passed my chokepoint at last. That was hard to do, getting a former reporter and lifelong newspaper reader to drop them.
For a bit of background, we had a paywall show in 2009, with newspaper publisher Martin Langeveld, available here.
The economics of cash-rich, low-inventory newspapers are unlike most businesses. They also need customers to justify their real source of income, advertising. Driving customers away by attempting to profiteer off them, treating them as a profit center, seems foolish, but is the new norm.