Friday, March 26, 2010

UK's Times, Sunday Times to charge for online

Both titles will launch new websites in early May, the company says in a just-released statement, separating their digital presence for the first time and replacing an existing, combined site, Times Online. The new sites will be available for a free trial period to registered customers.

Starting in June, the new sites, and, will be available for a charge of £1 for a day’s access or £2 for a week’s subscription. That's about U.S. $1.50 and $3, at current exchange rates.

"Payment will give customers access to both sites,'' the statement says. "The weekly subscription will also give access to the e-paper and certain new applications. Access to the digital services will be included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times."

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