Times websites want £1 a day from June
The Times They Are a-Chargin
The Times and the Sunday Times are set to charge for access to their websites from June.
Rebekah Brooks, chief executive at News International, said: “These new sites, and the apps that will enhance the experience, reflect the identity of our titles and deliver a terrific experience for readers ... this is a crucial step towards making the business of news an economically exciting proposition."
Other Murdoch titles, like The Sun and The News of the World, will follow The Times behind a paywall sometime after June.
The Times will charge £1 a day for access to the site - or £2 a week. Subscribers to seven days of the print edition will get free access to the websites - the Sunday Times gets its own site for the first time.
The sites will launch in May for a free trial period - you can register here.
The move will be closely watched by the struggling UK newspaper business. Although The Telegraph saw profits for the year jump a third to £41m the Guardian Media Group was more typical - its losses grew by a third to £37m for the year ended 29 March 2009. ®