PaidContent.com has some good excerpts from Times’ publisher Arthur Suzlberger from a Q and A at Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Media Summit. This one stood out:
Times Select lessons: Sulzberger reiterated that walling off archives and columnists behind the paywall was a success, that it made money—but it happened when online ads were booming. His point, though, was that there is no set answer, as the economics of media are likely to remain in a constant state of flux. “We believe going to a metered model now is the right thing. But 10 years from now? Who knows?”
Ten years? Times Select was turned off in 2007. Who knows what it’s going to be like one year from now is a more accurate answer.