Ever since the Commercial Appeal's paywall went up I've stopped visiting almost altogether. A more effective way to prevent your hometown newspaper from being a primary destination website I cannot envision.
I'm not sure that doing away with anonymous comments will have a large impact. I used to work as an online content producer over at the CA, and the guys that have all day to lurk the forums and comment boards have plenty of time to create burner accounts. They'd have a new profile up minutes after I'd banned the last one.
I don't have the right answer to monetization either, but I think a paywall for a medium-sized metro daily is a step in the wrong direction. And removing anonymous comments will do little to remove anonymity from users who wish to maintain it.
To my knowledge, the company in question is Quebecor, not NewsCorp. And Pierre Péladeau is not Rupert Murdoch. (Even if he would like to be.) I'm no fan of Faux News, but I prefer to call a spade a spade.
"Sun TV News, which some Canadians refer to as Fox News North," (a quote of dubious attribution) is not quite good enough for me.
Calling the article "Fox News' Lies Keep Them Out of Canada" strikes me as less than accurate.
As much as I wish this were true, Fox News has been broadcasting in Canada since 2004. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_Chan…
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