This is the news. And it's going to cost you.
Does anybody read newspapers anymore? Apart from when somebody's left one on a pub table, on the train or when they're given away for free? Newspapers have a problem - many were too slow to embrace the digital age, too scared to shift resource into online journalism, and now it's biting them hard on the arse. So what's the solution? Well, if you're a traditional media billionaire tycoon who's never used the internet unsupervised before, you start throwing up paywalls and cross your fingers.
Rupert Murdoch's News International has announced that both The Times and the Sunday Times will begin charging for content online in June. How much? £1 for a day's access and £2 for a week's subscription for access to websites for both papers. The weekly subscription will also include an e-paper and new mobile applications, and access to these new digital services will be free to customers subscribing to print versions of both the Times and the Sunday Times. It's expected that the Sun and the News Of The World will follow in quick succession.
Now maybe the Times isn't your cup of brew, and in fact you'll never entertain a single word written in the name of Murdoch's empire. But would you ever pay to read news content online? The commercial sector is banking on readers wanting more than the neutrality offered by the likes of the BBC. Are they right?
TOPICS: UK News