The Times of London to charge for website

Mar 26, 2010
A man reads the online version of Britain's Times newspaper in London. The Times and The Sunday Times will charge readers to access the titles online from June, Rupert Murdoch's News International has announced.

The Times of London and its sister paper The Sunday Times will charge readers to access the titles online from June, Rupert Murdoch's News International announced on Friday.

Customers will be charged £1 ($1.50, or 1.10 euros) for one day's access and £2 for a week's subscription.

Both titles will launch new websites in early May, replacing the existing combined site, Times Online.

The two new sites will be available for a free trial period to registered customers.

For those who have a newspaper subscription, the price of access to the digital services will be included.

News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks said: "At a defining moment for journalism, this is a crucial step towards making the business of news an economically exciting proposition.

"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."

News International, a division of Murdoch's , also owns The Sun tabloid and Sunday tabloid, News of the World.

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baudrunner
5 / 5 (1) Mar 26, 2010
There are so many free news sites on line that nobody needs the Times to tell them what's happening. I doubt if anybody cares. It's a sad state of affairs that the reality of Al Gore's vision of the Information Superhighway is no longer, and that it has become a forum for exploitation and commercialisation. Internet web page loading speeds are now determined by the complexity of sliding Flash windows and other animated advertising popups. The internet experience is becoming an annoying exercise in frustration.
Squirrel
5 / 5 (1) Mar 26, 2010
All that will happen is that those newspaper sites that do not charge will gain increased traffic, become profitable from this, and undermine the existence of Murdock's papers (they are not Wall Street Journal unique in content).
jerryd
not rated yet Mar 27, 2010

Great!! Now far fewer people will read the lies Murdoch prints!!

The WSJ is so biased anyone using for investing will get screwed.