Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This Would Be Welcome News

Yeah, yeah, New York Post, but hope springs eternal in the human breast, right?

The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.

After much internal debate, Times executives - including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - made the decision to end the subscription-only TimesSelect service but have yet to make an official announcement, according to a source briefed on the matter.

The timing of when TimesSelect will shut down hinges on resolving software issues associated with making the switch to a free service, the source said.
It was an utterly foolish decision to begin with. Opinion columnists are at their most effective when people are talking about them, and hiding them behind a subscription wall doesn't help that.

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