News Corp tests charge-for-content policy at Sunday Times: report

Aug 08, 2009
News Corporation will begin charging readers of online versions of its newspapers in the coming year in a move that Chairman Rupert Murdoch says could spur a shift away from free news content on the Internet. Britain's Sunday Times newspaper will be the testing ground for News Corporation's new policy of charging for Internet content, a report said.

Britain's Sunday Times newspaper will be the testing ground for News Corporation's new policy of charging for Internet content, a report said Friday citing industry sources.

News Corp chairman said this week that the group, owners of the The Sunday Times, The Times and The amongst others, would end its policy of free access to online editions, with the exception of the Journal which already charges.

The Sunday Times, which currently shares a website with The Times daily, would have its own standalone site by the end of November as part of the new strategy, the report in The Guardian newspaper added.

The Sunday Times currently sells more than one million copies each week and profits have offset losses at its daily stablemate.

Murdoch's holdings also include the New York Post, The Sun and The Australian.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Study shows role of media in sharing life events

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Future of newspapers is digital: Murdoch

May 28, 2009

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that the future of newspapers is digital, but it may be 10 to 15 years before readers go fully electronic.

News Corp. plans fees for newspaper Web sites

Aug 06, 2009

(AP) -- Visitors to the Web sites of newspapers owned by News Corp. will have to start coughing up fees to read the news within the next year, Chairman Rupert Murdoch said.

Chicago Sun-Times owner files for bankruptcy

Mar 31, 2009

The Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, the latest victim of the crisis gripping the US newspaper industry.

US newspaper owners are 'mad as hell'

Apr 08, 2009

US newspaper owners, their advertising revenue evaporating, their circulation declining and their readership going online to get news for free, are fighting mad.

Recommended for you

Study shows role of media in sharing life events

3 hours ago

To share is human. And the means to share personal news—good and bad—have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting. But until now, all research about what is known as "social sharing," or the ...

UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking

10 hours ago

(AP)—A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

Evaluating system security by analyzing spam volume

11 hours ago

The Center for Research on Electronic Commerce (CREC) at The University of Texas at Austin is working to protect consumer data by using a company's spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net ...

Surveillance a part of everyday life

12 hours ago

Details of casual conversations and a comprehensive store of 'deleted' information were just some of what Victoria University of Wellington students found during a project to uncover what records companies ...

European Central Bank hit by data theft

12 hours ago

(AP)—The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive ...

Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

15 hours ago

(AP)—Twitter acknowledged Wednesday that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

NonRational
5 / 5 (1) Aug 09, 2009
What does this have to do with science?
Icester
not rated yet Aug 09, 2009
imminent FAIL...