Rupert Murdoch to charge for access to all newspaper sites

Rupert Murdoch has just announced an end to free online newspaper content, an idea he first floated a couple of months back. All of his newspapers, from the Times to the Sun, will have paywalls within the year. Personally speaking, I think this is a mistake. It may be that lots of other newspapers follow his lead, however, there are sure to be a few that remain free-to-air, and they'll be the ones to prosper, along with the portals, the public service sites and other, "second tier" news providers. That's not to say I don't think you can charge for online content, you clearly can. The FT d...

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The Times opens up 200 year online archive

In the last year or so it has been noticeable how the TimesOnline, once something of a muddle, has upped its game. Following last year's in-house redesign, which, in my opinion makes it the nicest and most usable of all the UK newspaper sites, comes the opening up of a searchable online archive of every paper from 1785-1985. You can search by topic, going straight to the articles in question, or browse through papers page by page. The archive sits in a fascinating 'editorial wrapper' which selects and highlights important and interesting articles from the archive, however, what impresses...

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