Simon Kelner, editor of the Independent, believes a web first policy for news is “complete madness”. He told a Press Gazette breakfast that his newspaper came first and the web second, adding: “It’s fair enough for The Guardian, because they don’t have shareholders to answer to.”
He has to answer to Sir Tony O’Reilly, chief executive of Independent News and Media who, last year, suggested newspapers should take “napster-style” actions for breach of copyright.
Sir Tony also told the Sunday Times that the newspaper industry would challenge the “rise of the internet as an advertising medium”.
Twelve months on, and it would seem nothing has happened to change his view.
Later addition: Roy Greenslade has written, in his Guardian blog, a considered appraisal of Kelner’s case concluding with a paradox: in order to save newspapers the net has to be embraced.