21 Jan 2010

New York Times to charge for website access

2:07 pm on 21 January 2010

The New York Times is to charge for full access to its website from 2011, the latest newspaper to move in that direction.

It has announced it will introduce a metered system, allowing readers free access to a limited number of articles, before charging for additional content, the BBC reports.

It has yet to say how many stories will be available free and what it will charge to read more.

The newspaper previously charged for access to its website in 1996, but abandoned it after failing to build up sufficient subscription numbers.

A similar online payment system has been introduced by Britain's Financial Times.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has also said it plans to start charging for access to its online newspapers. Its titles include the Sun and Times in the UK and the New York Post in the United States.