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Irish Times to erect metered pay-wall

Written by Business World, on 17th Feb 2015. Posted in Ireland

article headlineThe Irish Times is to bring in the first ever metered subscription pay-wall for its online edition from next Monday, February 23rd. Kevin O'Sullivan, the editor of The Irish Times, said the move will "support future investment in journalism" across both print and digital. The subscriptions are being introduced because the company does not believe it can sustain its online journalism through advertising income alone. Readers will continue to be able to browse irishtimes.com and read up to 10 articles every week on any one computer or device. This means many online readers who decide not to subscribe will be unaffected by the change. Readers who wish to read more than 10 articles per week on the same computer or device will be invited, by an on-screen message, to subscribe in order to continue reading. There are two main digital subscription packages. A Standard Digital subscription, at E12 a month, gives readers unlimited access to irishtimes.com on up to three devices simultaneously, the Irish Times said. Under a Premium Digital subscription at E16 a month, readers receive everything that is included in the Standard Digital package plus the daily Irish Times Digital Edition - this is the "ePaper" that replicates how the title appears in print each day. There are also two further offers that combine digital access with home delivery of the newspaper. The Complete Print and Digital package costs E50 a month, and a Weekend Print and Digital package E20 a month. For more visit www.businessworld.ie

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