After years of free access, many readers may question why the


decided to introduce digital subscriptions for our premium content this week.


For some, it may have felt sudden or drastic but, in all honestly, it's a strategy which has arrived about 30 years too late.

Looking back on his storied news career, Rupert Murdoch's long-time lieutenant and so-called "hitman", Les Hinton, described giving content away for free online as the "great error" the newspaper industry made. "We let the bloody tiger out the gate in the mid-90s," Hinton said. "I was as blind as everyone else. I