Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New York Times Considers Charging for Its Web Site

New York Times Co. may charge for access to its flagship newspaper’s Web site less than two years after terminating an earlier online-subscription service.

The company is studying whether to start charging for all or some of the content on nytimes.com, as well as other options, Executive Editor Bill Keller said today in an online question-and-answer session. Most of the site is free.

“A lively, deadly serious discussion continues within the Times about ways to get consumers to pay for what we make,” he said. “Really good information, often extracted from reluctant sources, truth-tested, organized and explained -- that stuff wants to be paid for.”

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