Belfast Telegraph

News of the World to charge for online access

Britain's best-selling Sunday newspaper will start charging its readers for online access next month.

The News of the World is following its sister papers, The Times and Sunday Times, in launching a paywall for its website.

The tabloid, which is redesigning, will charge £1 for a day's access or £1.99 for a four-week subscription.

Other media organisations bidding to increase online profits are closely monitoring News International's conversion to paid-for digital content across its stable of titles.

Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, said: "The News of the World website will be the third of our titles to launch a paid-for digital proposition in under four months.

"News International is leading the industry by delivering on its commitment to develop new ways of making the business of news an economically exciting proposition."

Colin Myler, editor of the News of the World, said: "This is a very significant moment in the history of the News of the World. Our new digital sites and apps will showcase our agenda-setting stories, celebrity exclusives, and investigative journalism, plus unrivalled sports coverage."

A new iPad app is set to follow, with a separate weekly charge of £1.19.