Dutch, Belgian Publishers Considering 'Spotify for Newspapers'

Apr 05, 2012

Reports paidContent.org, "The Netherlands' main news titles are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each." Members of NDP Nieuwsmedia, a Dutch publishers' trade association, are exploring possibilities for a "common platform to meet demand for their content," involving a shared database, paidContent's Robert Andrews reports.

Holland's de Volkskrant reports that its Flemish owner De Persgroep N.V., NRC Media B.V.'s NRC Handelsblad, and the business title Het Financieele Dagblad, owned by The New York Times Co. and which already charges, want to create "a Spotify for newspapers."

Holland's local media groups have already agreed on a common news payment system, de Volkskrant reports. And Flemish publishers in Belgium are also talking with each other about a common news payment platform, according to De Standaard.