wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Malayala Manorama To Begin Charging For Online News On 17th August

Exclusive: The first move towards adopting Rupert Murdoch’s paid model for news content in India has been taken by news house Malayala Manorama, the largest publication in Kerala, which will no longer be offering its online content for free.

By next month, anybody who wants to read their content online will have to pay for it, John Mammen Mathew, Malayalam Manorama’s Deputy Editor and Chief General Manager, told MediaNama at the sidelines of CII’s Conference on Digital Media held recently. At a panel on ‘News in the Digital Age’, Mathew firmly signaled that readers must start paying for news online. “Newspapers are dying. It’s high time they (readers) started paying, otherwise the next ten years will be horrible for journalism,” he said.

The conversion from free to paid will be done in a phased manner, beginning with its magazines. Some of the organisation’s magazines include The Week, The Man, Vanitha and She.

Trials for the magazines were to begin this week; there will be a payment gateway linking to a bank on the website. “By August 17th, we should have converted all our online offerings into paid model,” said Mathew.

Discussing Malayala Manorama’s classifieds focus – the company has Matrimonial, Real Estate, Jobs, Auto, Personals and Business classifieds – Mathew said its matrimonial classifieds site M4Marry.com was an example of how the company chose to go paid from the start, and that it successfully broke even in year one of operations.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

We would also like to say R.I.P., K.M Mathew, Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama and an eminent leader in the Indian media fraternity, who passed away today.

Any thoughts on what your expectations are when it comes to paying for online news articles? What would you pay to read a feature?

Written By


MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The Delhi High Court should quash the government's order to block Tanul Thakur's website in light of the Shreya Singhal verdict by the Supreme...


Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.


The industry's growth is being weighed down by taxation and legal uncertainty.


Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.


Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ