BBC online news seems to cover the main points and local news. I suppose there is more details about Finance and Business news on the Times site? I never thought about looking there for news. Maybe there is less advertising on these sites, I've often wondered how these sites keep going. I have never thought to ask anyone but I have always assumed that the tv liceence also covers BBC online?
I haven't bought a newspaper since 1980, the year I finished my engineering apprenticeship. I think it was force of habit that made me buy it along with my usual bottle of lucozade and mint Aero. The Lucozade has survived though.
if they have in sight the change from buying a paper newspaper, to the kindle/ipad type of media reader and don't want to appear to be cashing in later when everyone has bought one of those devices expecting free newspapers for ever?
You're quite right, we have paid for the BBC content, but if I was to pay for general news, that's the sort of content and quality I'd want, and that's abridged to some extent compared to the radio and TV reports.
I would however be prepared to pay for PCA magazine on line, when it's read I rarely/never go to back issues, I just bin 'em when a new one comes out.