Spectator to charge for online content

LONDON - The Spectator, the weekly politics and current affairs magazine, has become the latest publisher to introduce a pay wall around its online content, following the lead taken by Rupert Murdoch.

The Spectator: to charge for online content
The Spectator: to charge for online content

The title has introduced a mixed model, charging for its magazine content online, although some of its editorial content will continue to be available free of charge.

Press Holdings Media Group, parent company of The Spectator, says it is the first time it has introduced a pay wall around the magazine's editorial content.

Blog content, including its Coffee House blog, and contributions from high-profile writers such as Melanie Philips, will remain free of charge.

The Spectator's variable pricing model includes an annual subscription to the print copy as well as online and Spectator Direct, which delivers the Spectator's online content direct to a subscriber's mail box. 

It is also offering readers Spectator Kindle and the imminent option of a Spectator mobile offering.

Andrew Neil, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Spectator, said it had never been "particularly logical" for a magazine or newspaper to give away its content free over the internet.



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