Mecom to charge for 10 online titles

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The Independent Online

Mecom, the London-listed European newspapers group, is to charge online for its top 10 titles on all platforms, including the iPad. Tom Toumazis, the chief executive, will also "review" the group's free newspapers and could close those that do not "support paid operations or deliver high margins". Mecom is to charge for online access to newspapers such as De Gelderlander as it increases its reliance on its 1.2 million subscriber base. Debt-laden Mecom wants to save €70m (£58m) by 2014.