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UK Newspapers To Charge For Online Access

News Corp to charge for access to The Times

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News International, News Corp’s British newspaper unit said today it will begin charging readers for access to the websites of The Times and Sunday Times of London starting in June.

Both titles will launch new websites in early May, separating their online presence for the first time and replacing the existing, combined site, Times Online. The two new sites will be available for a free trial period to registered customers.

Beginning in June, the new sites, www.thetimes.co.uk and www.thesundaytimes.co.uk, will be available for 1, or $1.48, for a day’s access or 2 for a week’s subscription. Payment will give customers access to both sites. The weekly subscription will also give access to the e-paper and certain new applications. Access to the online sites will be included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times.

Rebekah-Brooks "At a defining moment for journalism, this is a crucial step towards making the business of news an economically exciting proposition," said Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive, News International. "We are proud of our journalism and unashamed to say that we believe it has value."

"This is just the start. The Times and The Sunday Times are the first of our four titles in the UK to move to this new approach."

The Sunday Times had an average print circulation of 1.2 million copies from September to January, down 3.8 percent from the previous year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

 

UK Newspapers To Charge For Online Access
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  • http://disqus.com/Carl_Barron/ Carl Barron

    As most revenues in the media come from advertisements it is logical to say that restricting access will only hit ads revenue streams so As I said before

  • David

    I agree with Carl, if the Russian Oligarchs can give away the paper version, is it not ridiculous that Murdock would want to charge on-line, given the millions he gets from advertising revenue.

    What he will gain in pennies, he will lose in pounds. Its akin to google getting rapacious by making us pay to glean information from their search engine.

    Advertising revenue more than compensates this, and a few extra thousands, is not going to make a difference to the TIMES pockets, but to the surfers’

    Government should step in and protect the layman, when advertisers have already paid for the site, by virtue of the layman being on the site. Carl is right, without the surfer, the advertisers will cull their contributions and the loser will be Murdock

    I hope the Telegraph does not follow suit!

  • CS Barnes

    I agree with these comments.
    Mr Murdoch should sit down with his analytics staff and take some lessons on where his traffic comes from. I can guarantee, that once his external links disappear from other site aggregates, he will see his visitor stats plummet. His advertisers will then panic and flee. Once this happens, I’ll even wager, that by the fall he’ll reconsider this foolish move and revert (if he’s wise).

    The web IS the model of evolution! There are leaner, faster, smarter prototypes just around the corner.

    Go the way of the dinosaurs Mr Murdoch, you won’t be missed.

  • http://dorsetvisualguide.co.uk/picture_gallery.htm Carl Barron

    The clocks still ticking Rupert and no sign of your pay-walls yet?

    Well it

  • http://dorsetvisualguide.co.uk/picture_gallery.htm Carl Barron

    The clocks still ticking Rupert and no sign of your pay-walls yet?

    Well it

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