The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers will begin charging for Internet access to content in June, offering subscriptions at £1a day or £2 a week, News International announced on Friday.
Access to the digital services will be included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., parent company of News International, announced in August that all titles would move to charging for Web access. News Corp. owns the Wall Street Journal, which has one of the most successful pay-for-news Web sites. It had an average of 407,000 electronic subscribers during the six months ending Sept. 30.
The Wall Street Journal offers 1-year subscriptions for $1.99 per week.
News International’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, indicated that paid subscriptions would also be introduced for The Sun and News of the World, but did not say when.
The New York Times announced in January that it would impose a metered charging system in 2011. This would allow free access to a few stories, but paid subscriptions would be needed for full access to the newspaper’s content.
That is similar to the system adopted by the London-based Financial Times. The newspaper charges £3.05 per week (or $3.49 in the United States) for a Web-only subscription; subscribers to the print edition can add Internet access for £1 pound per week.