New York Times to End Paid Web Service

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The New York Times will no longer charge a subscription fee for access to its columnists and Op-Ed pieces on NYTimes.com.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007 8:00 AM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times Co. plans to stop charging Internet users for access to its columnists and Op-Ed pieces on a section of its Web site known as TimesSelect, The New York Post reported on Tuesday.

The Post, citing a source briefed on the matter, said a decision had been made by top Times executives. The timing of when the service would become free depends on technical issues, including revamping the software surrounding that section of the NYTimes.com site, according to the Post report.

A Times spokesman would not comment on the report, but said: “We continue to evaluate the best approach for NYTimes.com.”

TimesSelect Web-only subscribers rose to more than 224,500 in June, the last month for which the company had data, from about 220,000 in April. Subscribers to the print edition of The New York Times also have access to the service.

The premium service charges Web-only readers nearly $8 per month to read some of the Times’ most well-known columnists such as Maureen Down and Thomas Friedman.
link:http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135623-pg,1/article.html

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