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Sun - 19.11.2017


Times Online

Tough times call for tough measures... And as News International continues to go through a hard period, the Times and Sunday Times of London have announced a steep hike in the amount they charge users for a digital subscription package.

The package, which includes access to the Times and Sunday Times website, mobile and tablet editions, will be raised from £2 a week (£8.88 a month) to £4 a week, writes paidContent. However, author of the article Robert Andrews notes that web-only customers will continue to be charged £2 for access. What's more, existing subscribers will not have to pay the new, higher rate until 2013.

Andrews quotes a spokesperson from the Times, who insists: "we're not 'doubling' our price. We're introducing a new pack that includes all digital products. Previously, we were offering iPad access as complementary offer."

But Andrews is not convinced. "The difference may effectively be semantic," he writes.

Despite controversy when the Times introduced its impenetrable paywall in July 2010, figures released by News International last week show that its numbers of digital subscribers have been rising steadily. News International states that the Times now has 119,255 digital subscriptions, while the Sunday Times has 113,818.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-24 13:29

The UK Ministry of Justice's review of the country's libel law has not come fast enough for the Times, which yesterday was found guilty of libel by the court of appeal.

The ruling is "a blow to investigative journalism," media lawyers have said, because it overturned a previous ruling that gave a newspaper article "Reynolds privilege," which "offers certain protections to investigative journalists," MediaGuardian explained.

Gary Flood, a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, sued Times Newspapers Limited in 2006 for libel because an article stated he was under investigation "taking bribes." However, the court ruled the newspaper article was protected by the Reynolds privilege. After that ruling, Flood was allows to cross-appeal, and although the print article was found to be protected under the Reynolds privilege, because Flood was exonerated on bribery charges, the privilege did not protect the article on the Times website, according to MediaGuardian.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-15 23:28

Newspapers everywhere are taking a good hard look at paid content, and how, or whether, paywalls can benefit them. Rupert Murdoch's The Times and Sunday Times are being watched today, as they begin charging for online content - the first non-specialist newspapers in Britain to do so.

As online ad prices and paid circulation go down, all while online readership soars, experts predict many newspapers will continue trying out different types of online paid content models. Other newspapers will certainly look to thetimes.co.uk and sundaytimes.co.uk for lessons. Both sites will charge £1 for a daily subscription, or £2 for a weekly subscription.

"We believe the new sites offer real value and we look forward to continuing to invest and innovate for readers," said Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News International, News Corp's British subsidiary, Agence France-Presse reported today.

The basics of an online paid content business model are based on both attracting enough paying customers and serving high-yielding advertisements to that very dedicated audience.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-03 00:18

paidContent has published some 'sneak peaks' of the Times' new website, to be launched in June. TheTimes.co.uk and SundayTimes.co.uk will replace Timesonline.co.uk and will be behind a paywall.

As paidContent noted, the new site looks more similar to the print edition than its predecessor did in terms of layout and its use of the print masthead. The lead story has a good deal of space on the home page. Another change is the introduction of an 'OpEd Live' section which allows readers to chat with the paper's columnists and opinion writers. PaidContent reported that readers will also be able to use TheTimes.co.uk to chat with other personalities via CoverItLive, though this is something that Times Online already does, in fact.

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

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-19 19:39

News International will block the news aggregator NewsNow.co.uk from linking to its Times Online content, according to MediaGuardian. The aggregator said it was told Friday that it can no longer link to any content on Times Online.

"News International has for some time been indicating to us that it would like us to refrain from linking to their content," according to Struan Bartlett, managing director and chairman of NewsNow, Media Guardian reported.

"We note that no other major search engine has been blocked by News International in this manner. NewsNow is not fundamentally different to other news search engines that are part of the Internet infrastructure, such as Google News and Yahoo. Why block us and not them?" Bartlett added.

Last summer, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch announced he would begin to charge for his online newspapers content in the spring 2010. He has also blamed search engines and news aggregators as "make money out of journalism without contributing anything in return."

News International has not yet responded to comment whether it would block other aggregators.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-01-08 23:34

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