London Paper Is Murdoch's Paywall Test Ground
By Jason Farago, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 5:37 AM CDT
The Sunday Times, owned by News Corp, will launch a fee-based standalone website in November.   (©HowardLake)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch will test out his new pay-to-read Internet model this November, when News Corp launches a stand-alone website for Britain's Sunday Times. According to the Guardian, the site will feature "communities editors" and its own team of journalists. It's unclear whether users will pay a subscription or a per-visit fee.

The Sunday Times is Britain's top weekend broadsheet and has subsidized the loss-making daily Times for years, but recently the paper has gone into the red. One former Sunday Times editor suggested that Murdoch was making such a public intervention in order to encourage his competitors to join in: "He knows that this will work better if all the main competitors do it."

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Aug 7, 2009 11:28 AM CDT
I usually don't like to bet against someone with a proven track record but this time I would. It is hubris to think that since it is you going against the grain that this time it will suceed.
Aug 7, 2009 10:39 AM CDT
Maybe if The Sunday Times didn't weigh half a ton and come with so much junk in it that you only ever really read maybe 25% - maybe that would save him money, rather than trying to squeeze yet more profit out of ordinary people who just want to know what's going on in the world.