The Sun follows Telegraph in charging readers for website access

 

The Sun is reportedly following the Telegraph in charging readers for online access.

The Telegraph revealed it was offering readers a choice of two different packages after using up their quota of 20 free stories a month.

It was later reported that The Sun will introduce a paywall for its website later this year.

According to The Guardian, Mike Darcey, chief executive of publisher News International, said "the second half of 2013 is a fairly safe bet" for The Sun to introduce a paywall.

It was earlier announced that Telegraph readers would be offered a free month's trial before being asked to commit to a subscription.

The paywall is being introduced to the UK site after a similar "metered" system was trialled on the international version of the website.

Telegraph Media Group said the international version had seen nine out of 10 people going on to subscribe after taking up the free trial.

The Telegraph Web Pack package will give unlimited access to the website and to smartphone apps for £1.99 a month, or £20 a year.

The full Digital Pack costing £9.99 a month - £99 for the year - will also give access to the daily and Sunday papers on tablet devices and a loyalty club.

Readers who already subscribe to the print title will be given access to tablet editions, the website and apps for no extra cost.

The Telegraph titles will become the first UK national papers to adopt the meter system. The Times and Sunday Times allow no access without charges.

Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher said: "The Telegraph publishes the finest writers in Britain.

"We want to develop a closer rapport with our digital audience in the UK, and we intend to unveil a number of compelling digital products for our loyal subscribers in the months ahead."

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