The Times and The Sunday Times to Start Charging For Access to Digital Journalism
The new sites will be available for a charge of £1 for a day’s access or £2 for a week’s subscription. As an introductory offer, all customers that register for the sites will get access to both sites for a one-off charge of £1 for the first 30 days. Access to the sites will be included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times. iPad editions will continue to be charged separately.
The launch of the paid offer follows a month’s free trial period for registered customers after the launch of the new sites on 25 May.
Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive, News International, said: “We have been very pleased with the response from readers since the launch of the new websites for The Times and The Sunday Times in May. The new sites showcase our award-winning journalism in a very visual way, giving readers exclusive content and interactivity so that they can get even more from the news. We believe the new sites offer real value and we look forward to continuing to invest and innovate for readers.”
News International Limited publishes The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World. In terms of growth, share, circulation and reader engagement, the Company’s titles are among the world’s most successful. News Printers Group Ltd prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state of the art printing plants. Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement and milkround.co.uk.
In 2007, News International Ltd became the UK’s first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets.
The Times is one of the world’s most trusted quality newspapers, with 1.8 million readers and more under-45 readers than any other title in the UK quality segment (NRS Jul-Dec 2009). The paper has more business readers than both the Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph combined. In October 2009, The Times demonstrated its commitment to investing in quality journalism with the launch of Eureka - a 60-page monthly magazine dedicated to science, life and the planet.
The Sunday Times is the largest circulation quality newspaper in the UK and has 3.2 million readers (NRS Jul-Dec 2009). The Sunday Times has a reputation for courageous and campaigning investigative journalism, breaking many major world exclusives. With eleven sections every week, The Sunday Times offers great value to readers and it is renowned for not only breaking news but for its unrivalled coverage of sports, business, the arts and entertainment.
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