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Updated: 'The Sun', 'The Daily Telegraph' launching paywall for online content

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The Sun is to start charging users to access its online content in the second half of 2013, it has been announced.

The news comes on the day that The Daily Telegraph launched a paywall for its telegraph.co.uk website.

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'The Sun' to start charging for online content



News International chief executive Mike Darcey said at a press event tonight (March 26) that continuing to provide free content online is "untenable".

He earmarked "the second half of 2013" as "a fairly safe bet" for the erection of a paywall, reports The Guardian.

From today, The Daily Telegraph extended its international web subscription model launched in November 2012 to UK readers.

"Newspaper subscribers will have unlimited access to our website, in addition to our tablet editions and smartphone apps, at no additional charge," the newspaper explained.

"Subscribers to our tablet editions also get unlimited access to our website and smartphone apps at no additional charge."

Newspaper covers on 08/11/12 covering the re-election of Obama: The Daily Telegraph

'The Daily Telegraph'

'The Daily Telegraph' app

'The Daily Telegraph' mobile app



It added: "Readers who are not subscribers will continue to get access to 20 free articles a month on telegraph.co.uk.

"To go beyond that limit, readers will be invited to choose between two digital subscription packages; our Web Pack, which combines unlimited web access with our smartphone apps, for £1.99 a month; or our full Digital Pack, which includes our tablet editions, for £9.99 a month."

Those purchasing the digital packages will be offered a free one-month trial before having to commit to a subscription.

The only other major UK daily newspaper with a paywall for readers is The Times, which started charging £1 a day or £2 a week for non-subscribers from July 2010.

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