Times launches online subscription

13 September 2010

On 2 July News International switched Times online from a free to a subscription service, probably losing at least 90% of its traffic and shifting its strategy from reach and scale to a more traditional targeted brand and loyalty model

The challenges are substantial: while the Times is competitively advantaged with a strong roster of star writers and columnists, NI knows news itself is more commoditised than other content types, and most newspaper and broadcaster sites have been giving away news for a decade

News Corp may well realise the most benefits from the Times subscription service in a larger convergence play, aggregating audiences across group services such as Sky pay-TV and broadband, Sky News and the Wall Street Journal


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