Wednesday, June 21, 2006

NYT publishers get desperate

The New York Times plans to begin running ads on the front page of its business section starting in July, according to a spokeswoman today. The news is yet another sign that traditional media is struggling and yet another sign that they don't really know how to solve the problem. Fundamentally this is a sign that the NYT wants to generate more ad revenue from its print publication. This would make sense as a move if the circulations of media like the NYT were rising but it's not. Surely therefore slapping ads on the front of the business section is like putting a Band-Aid on the Titanic. At what point do publishers realize that consumers want a different product? Don't get me wrong - I believe they want the content; they just want it delivered in a different way.