BBC won’t charge for online news

by on November 27th, 2009

Media and Journalism are the most important aspect of a society. The medium may have changed from torn pages to beautiful WebPages, but the access to news still remains vital. In a way, media is the driving force of an economy and reflects the cultural status of the country. But the Internet have changed the dynamics of media from a broadcasting to sharing and this is why there is big debate on the Internet. Should news be free or paid? Rupert Murdoch, co-founder of News Corporation and the owner of many news media, have recently started war against free news and are on their way to build a pay wall for all of their news sites. But BBC has come as a big hurdle on its way. As a result, Murdoch have attacked BBC at many occasions.

The BBC has today said it has “no intention” of charging for online news, in a declaration that is unlikely to please James Murdoch and his father Rupert as they prepare to start charging for News Corporation content on the internet. Sir Michael Lyons, the BBC Trust chairman, said the corporation has “no intention of diluting BBC commitment to universal access to free news online” as he outlined the areas director general Mark Thompson’s ongoing strategic review will cover. The BBC’s internet news operations came under fire in August at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival from James Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation in Europe and Asia, who accused the corporation of “throttling” the market and preventing its competitors from launching or expanding their own services online. Lyons also said the BBC Trust has asked Thompson to look at how the corporation should “serve all audiences” with “fresh and new” programmes, not a “diet of the predictable and comfortable”, while “nurturing home-grown talent… across the full range of genres”. The BBC is consulting its rivals about the strategic review, which was announced by Lyons in September, and Thompson is due to deliver his initial thoughts in the new year. Source : Guardian

The facts which you get to read from, not news but, people are quite different in the post of guardian. Though most of the commenter’s are not agreeing to the paid model. Many bring facts such as the TV license fee that you have to pay for BBC services which is the why BBC is not really a free news unless you don’t have a TV. Further, BBC is funded by the tax payers, so is there any way to justify that their news are free. These arguments are all over the internet and the overall people have a balance view. But the only thing that remains to be answered is are you going to pay for the information? Is this nature of ignorance to paid news born or is it inflicted by the changing mediums? We all pay for subscription of Hard Copy Newspaper or magazine, does that mean that we are only paying for the paper and not the content. Take for example a high quality magazine with great content. They are quite expensive, but are you paying for the material or the content. How is it that we all have changed to different model of free information and open culture. Does free information mean FREE or unrestricted and unbiased information? Media is a very sensitive system and people respond to it very strongly. Allowing it to be controlled under one person is not a good idea and neither under a control of government because the presence of biasness is inevitable . From my view, free information means truth and openness to the society and is not about money. The online social media have allowed a person to view a news from different perspective and is the example of the free news, cause it provides raw information from people. May be it is time we all thing of news not as one way of broadcasting but as people’s discussion of facts and figure. We will have to see how big channel will finally resolve the issue but with every revolution comes a change for good and we may be seeing it soon. Image Source :