NYT website to start charging on 28 March

The New York Times website – the world’s most read newspaper online – will no longer be free-to-view from the 28 March.

The move has already taken effect in Canada ahead of a global roll-out that will set minimum subscription rates at $15 (9.30), rising to $35 depending on which devices customers wish to access it on.

However, non-subscribers will still be able to view up to 20 articles a month – including slideshows and videos – before being asked to join.

In a bid to retain its huge digital readership, NYT’s top news section will remain free on smartphones and tablets, and articles linked to from searches, blogs and social media will also subvert the paywall structure.

“Today marks a significant transition for the Times, an important day in our 159-year history of evolution and reinvention,” said Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of The New York Times Company. “Our decision to begin charging for digital access will result in another source of revenue, strengthening our ability to continue to invest in the journalism and digital innovation on which our readers have come to depend.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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