New York Times to start charging for access to web news
Friday, March 18, 2011
|The challenge now is to put a price on our work without walling ourselves off from the global network ...|
—, NYT chairman
U.S. visitors who do not subscribe to the print edition will be allowed access to 20 articles a month. A digital subscription to the website will be required to read additional content.announced on Thursday that it will start charging for full access to , its online version. Beginning March 28,
The fee plan for Canadians is already in effect, allowing the NYT to "fine-tune the customer experience", according to the announcement.
Unlimited access to articles will continue to be free for those users reaching the Times through links from search engines,, and social media like and . The NYTimes.com home page and individual section front pages will continue be freely accessible.
The NYT unsuccessfully tried asix years ago. Due to declining profits and readership of its print edition, it is ready to try again.
According to, a company that measures online traffic, NYTimes.com had 31.4 million individual visitors in February. It is the most-read newspaper site in the world, reported .
"The challenge now is to put a price on our work without walling ourselves off from the global network, to make sure we continue to engage with the widest possible audience", wrote, NYT company chairman.
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