Fairfax calculates risk of a paywall-free presence by ABC’s Alan Kohler

The CEO of Fairfax Media, Greg Hywood, made a very interesting comment at the end of a lecture on journalism last night:”Don’t rule out (Fairfax) not having paywalls.”It will no doubt send a shudder through the new CEO of News Ltd, Kim Williams. News is in the process of putting The Australian behind a paywall, and so far the three-month trial has seen its page impressions decline by 25 per cent – far less than might have been expected, actually, and certainly less than its traffic will decline once it starts charging. That’s especially so if the Fairfax digital editions remain free.

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