Why Newspaper Publishers Won’t Be Able To Charge For Local News

The local news sites being developed by Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), AOL (NYSE: AOL), Huffington Post and a growing number of other online players will dash the hopes of most newspaper publishers of charging for access to their online content. While newspaper executives have agonized for the better part of two years about whether and how to charge for their costly-to-produce content, every indication is that the portals, local broadcasters and other media companies have no intention of asking anyone to pay for access to the increasingly ambitious local sites they are building.

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