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If reports in this morning’s Daily Telegraph are accurate, News International’s frosty relationship with Google may be thawing.

After two self-imposed years in the wilderness, quality news titles owned by Rupert Murdoch’s British publishing division could find themselves re-included in Google search results as soon as next month.

The Times and The Sunday Times websites were originally removed from Google’s search index at the same time that paywalls were introduced at the thetimes.co.uk (then timesonline.co.uk), as part of News Int.’s attempts to stop users accessing content for free. Murdoch’s objection to consumers viewing premium content free of charge is no secret, and the media mogul hasn’t pulled any punches in his criticisms of Google’s operating policies.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-09-26 14:19

“I am bored sick of talking about paywalls,” said Tom Whitwell, editorial director of Times Digital. “Instead of debating payment models we need to learn how to build digital products that people are willing to pay for,” he continued.

The Times launched a controversial paid online strategy in summer 2010, which gives no access to non-subscribers. “Every commentator told us we were wrong,” said Whitwell, but he believes it is necessary to be “fearless,” and now the paper has 130,000 paying digital subscribers.

Readers were surveyed about how best to charge online and the biggest thing that came out of the discussions was the need for simplicity: a straightforward system where people knew what they were getting for their money.

Subscribers pay £2 a week for web access plus mobile, £4 a week for web, mobile and tablet, or £6 per week for all digital access plus a daily print edition.

This is working because of the quality of the paper’s journalism, said Whitwell. “The only way we can charge £4 a week to read our stuff is because of our journalism,” he stressed.

For more on this story, please see our Digital Media Europe blog

Author

Emma Goodman

Date

2012-04-18 09:49

The Sunday Times' Social List, a site sitting outside its paywall, might be seen by some as a late bandwagon attempt to build subscriber numbers, but it's cleverer than that.

While commentators have become fixated on how using algorithms to measure influence and status can never be a true reflection of influence - The Independent attracted such criticism with its PeerIndex Twitter 100, which it launched in March - The Sunday Times Social List is intended as a participatory "fun and engaging piece of social entertainment", according to the site.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-05-25 10:24

The Times had an average daily sale of 445,962 in February. The equivalent figure for The Daily Telegraph was 628,338. Not all that much difference, you might say. And yet the financial fortunes of the two papers are very unalike.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-22 17:30

News International launched on Friday the Sunday Times iPad app, which gives readers access to the 12 sections and the three magazines of the Sunday newspaper, Marketing Week reported.

The app is being offered for free to those who subscribe to the print and digital editions of the newspaper. However, it's also available for £1.79 per issue and it includes exclusive access to a TV guide.

Photo source: Press Gazette
Rupert Murdoch's media company also introduced an update of the Times app, which costs £9.99 a month and was being sold without a subscription bundle, the Press Gazette reminded.

Both the Times and the Sunday Times websites went behind a paywall in June and, according to a recent research, have only been able to retain 14 percent of its users.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-13 23:54

"New research from Experian Hitwise suggests that 54,000 people a month are accessing content behind the paywall of The Times", Press Gazette reported.The article refers to research commissioned by Guardian News and Media, which was published internally by the company yesterday.

The GNM memo says, as Press Gazette reported, that they "estimate that a total of about 54,000 people globally are accessing content behind the paywall on the Times [and Sunday Times] website each month. Of the 54,000, approximately 28,000 are specifically paying for digital content. The remainder are print subscribers who get free access to the site as part of their newspaper subscription package."

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-08 17:59

As part of a marketing deal between The Times and telecom company Three (Hutchison 3G UK), 3G customers will be offered free access to The Times and Sunday Times websites for the next three months, according to a report by CellularNews.com today.

Following the initial three months free offer, the pay as you go customers who top up every 30 days will continue to enjoy free access for another month, whereas the contract customers can continue getting access to the News International titles for £2 a week, TheInquirer.net reported today. This offer from Three is valid for new customers until March 2011.

Three had also announced earlier deals with Facebook by way of the social networks' Facebook Zero product, leading theNextWeb's Matt Brian to wonder: "how News International will report the additional subscribers and whether other newspapers will begin to maximise exposure via deals with mobile operators. The Guardian has recently started charging a monthly subscription for its iPhone app, could a operator deal follow?"

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-15 18:09

Although no official numbers have been released by Times and Sunday Times owner News International, audience research company Nielsen has estimated that an average of 362,000 UK web users went behind the papers' paywalls between July and September, reported the Guardian.

Nielsen estimates that 1.78 million monthly unique visitors from the UK went to the two papers' homepages, meaning that of these, just over one-fifth are going on to access subscription content, the Guardian added. In the three months until June 2010, the traffic to the Times Online site, predecessor to TheTimes.co.uk and SundayTimes.co.uk, was just over 3 million.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-27 19:04

UK daily The Times has lost an additional 120,000 online readers following the installment of a paywall, the latest comScore data shows, Media Tel reported Monday. According to Thinq, the News International-owned daily also saw a 1.67 drop in print readership, reaching 494,205 - the first time since April 1994 that the figure has been under 500,000.

The title had 1.459 million unique visitors in August, a 7.6 drop from 1.579 million in July, when the paywall was launched, according to WallBlog.co.uk. The total minutes users spent on the site dropped by 16 percent from six million in July to five million in August, Beehive reported. Further, total page views dropped by 22 percent, from nine million to seven million, month-to-month.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-29 16:31

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