New York Times may charge for online content: report

Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:18am EST

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(Reuters) - The New York Times Co Chairman Arthur Sulzberger is close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, New York Magazine reported on its Web site citing people familiar with internal deliberations.

A final decision could come within days and a plan could be announced in a matter of weeks, reported.

"It will likely be months before the Times actually begins to charge for content, perhaps sometime this spring," the report said.

Apple Inc's tablet computer is rumored to launch on January 27, and sources speculate that Sulzberger will strike a content partnership for the new device, which could dovetail with the paid strategy, the magazine reported over the weekend.

"We'll announce a decision when we believe that we have crafted the best possible business approach. No details till then," the report quoted a Times spokeswoman as saying.

(Reporting by Santosh Nadgir in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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Comments (4) wrote:
Let the games begin!

Jan 19, 2010 1:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stephenh wrote:
I am a daily subscriber to The New York Times, and I will be more than happy to pay for its content from the web site. In my opinion, The New York Times is the “gold standard” of newspapers in the United States. The Washing Post comes very close. I was asked by Newsday to pay for their content, and told them I hated their newspaper and to remove my name from their mailing list. Period, paragraph.

Jan 19, 2010 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The paper looks poised to shoot itself in the foot. They’d be better off figuring out how to take advantage of the traffic on than alienating their readers. How far will the price of ad drop when the number of readers (and click-throughs) plummets?

Jan 20, 2010 12:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
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