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The Times, they are a-chargin'

The Times and Sunday Times have joined the likes of the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Newsday in charging readers to access news, as of today.Front page news is displayed as normal but clicking any article headline will take you to a pay wall requesting £1 per day or £2 for weekly access.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor on

The Times and Sunday Times have joined the likes of the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Newsday in charging readers to access news, as of today.

Front page news is displayed as normal but clicking any article headline will take you to a pay wall requesting £1 per day or £2 for weekly access.

To encourage uptake it is currently offering the first 30 days for £1 and whether users plump for a weekly or daily subscription both include access to The Times and The Sunday Times.

The decision to charge readers comes as News International, the UK subsidiary of parent-company News Corporation, moves towards a subscription-based model to counter dwindling advertising returns, despite James Harding, Editor of The Times, referring to the web as "the biggest news in newspapers" in a promotional video on its website.

In a similar move, the New York Times announced in January that it would begin charging its readers for access sometime in 2011.

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