Telegraph, Sun to charge website users

London, Mar. 27 : Two UK-based newspapers- the Daily Telegraph and The Sun will extend its paywall to UK readers, becoming the latest newspapers to turn to the measure as readerships become increasingly digital.

Readers of the Telegraph website will get 20 articles per month for free, then pay for as much as 9.99 pounds a month for phone and tablet access. Print subscribers will have unlimited access to the website, reports the BBC.

Newspapers have been struggling with falling sales and less ad money.

The paper had been charging international readers to read the Telegraph website. It says it has 60 million readers a month.

The New York Times, The Times and other papers have put up paywalls to get more revenue from their readers.

But the Telegraph is the second major newspaper in the UK after the Financial Times to implement the so-called metered model, which allows a certain amount of access free of charge.

The Sun too, will start charging for its online content in the second half of 2013 as part of a radical shift in thinking about readers getting its journalism for free.

The Sun online is read by about 30 million users every month - more than 10 times its 2.4m daily print circulation.

--ANI (Posted on 27-03-2013)

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