COMMENT:

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

Herald

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

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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