Wednesday 16 October 2019

Irish Times to introduce paywall next week, costing up to €50 a month

Ailish O'Hora

THE Irish Times will introduce a paywall for its digital content next week with subscriptions costing from €12 a month up to €50 for an online and print package.

Readers will be able to read up to 10 stories per week on any one computer or device before the metered service kicks in, according to reports in the newspaper.

It will be introduced from Monday February 23 while it said that readers will still be able to access parts of the newspaper online for free.

Metered or paywall services have had limited success in the newspaper industry so far, with niche products like the Financial Times showing better results than general news services.

Robert Pitt, chief executive of Independent News & Media, the owner of and a range of newspapers including the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, the Herald and Sunday World said recently that the company has no current plans for a paywall.

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