Murdochs NewsCorp will start charging for The Times and Sunday Times at last.
Readers will be offered a days use for £1, or £2 for a weeks subscription. Readers who have a seven-day subscription to the print editions will not be charged extra for access to the websites. International pricing has been set at $2/1.5 a day or $4/3 for a week.
The Irish Times are launching a subscription based epaper. in traditional format and a move away from a perception of the website as the newspaper on the web for free.
Pricing for the epaper is on a sliding scale, running from 1.80 for a single day to 9 for one month, 25 for three months and 89 for 12 months.
Does this mean the beginning of the end of the present online access?
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London