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New York Times Introduces Online Content Paywall

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, 29 Mar 2011News

Visitors to the New York Times website will now be charged for access to news articles following the start of the publication's new strategy yesterday, with monthly subscriptions ranging from $15 to $35.

Under the new system, which was announced earlier this month, users can still access upto 20 stories for free every month, at which point they will be confronted by a paywall.

Users will be required to pay a subscription fee of $15 per month to get full access to the NYT website and smartphone content. Paying $20 per month gains access to the website along with the NY Times iPad app while for a $35 fee, users will gain full access to every digital product offered by the news publication.

People who subscribe to the print version of the New York Times will additionally be able to access the entire digital service for no extra cost, the publication said.

Jill Abramson, the managing editor of the New York Times, told CNN Money, “I believe strongly that the quality of our journalism is at such a level that people should be willing to pay to read it. I don't know if there are that many other general interest newspapers that are offering that same kind of highest-quality journalism, so I'm not sure that everyone else is going to dive into this pond.”

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