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UK Murdoch papers to charge for online content

UK Murdoch papers to charge for online content
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The UK news giants The Times and the Sunday Times are becoming the first mass-market papers to charge for their full online versions.

It is a bold move at a time when print journalism has been fighting global recession, and the rise of the internet.

From June this year, online access to both titles will be around 1.10 euros a day, or 2.20 for the whole week – the current price for the printed Sunday Times alone.

Subscribers to the paper versions will get free access, and on the surface that might appear to be a good deal.

But others in the industry have been wary about how readers will react to paying for something that until now has been free, and easily accessible.

But the papers, owned by the international mogul Rupert Murdoch, are promising more interactive content to tempt readers to part with their money.