Murdoch predicts eventual mass acceptance of digital news, paid content

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman and CEO, said last week that outlets will seamlessly deliver content on a variety of mobile...

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman and CEO, said last week that outlets will seamlessly deliver content on a variety of mobile devices, including panels and smartphones, within a few years. He added, however, that it may take more than a decade for consumers to gravitate to mobile news en masse.

"I think it’s two or three years away before [mobile news devices] get introduced in a big way, and then it will probably take 10 or 15 years for the public to swing over," Murdoch said, according to an AFP report. He added that consumers will soon "have to pay for [their] favorite newspaper on the Web."

The interview occurred just after The Atlantic reported that top newspaper executives from The New York Times Co., Gannett, EW Scripps, Hearst, the Associated Press, and others met quietly in Chicago to discuss monetizing content.

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