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. ®
Goodbye. Au revoir. Adios. Auf Wiedersehen
The sooner Mudoch's vile propaganda is put away behind lock and key the better for everyone.
Oh my aching sides...
Anybody who opened a copy of The Times over twenty years ago would agree with you. Anybody who'd opened a copy of The Times in the last twenty years would laugh in your face. All they print now is basically the same bias as found in NI's more downmarket titles but with bigger words and in smaller type.
So Times at £1 a day! Now we see that the BBC actually provide excellent value for money at £145.50 for a whole year and a set of TV channels and radio channels chucked in for free