WSJ.com Free? Murdoch Says Forget About It

  • January 25, 2008
Contradicting an earlier statement, Rupert Murdoch said Thursday that The Wall Street Journal will continue to charge a fee for full access to its Web site, and indicated that those charges actually may go up instead of disappear.

Some material on WSJ.com is free now, but Murdoch has said he was considering opening the site to non-paying subscribers in hopes of building additional advertising revenues, which he said would likely offset lost revenues from subscriber fees.

Murdoch was quoted in today's Journal as saying that WSJ.com would ''greatly expand and improve'' the portion of the site that is available to non-paying subscribers, but that there will still be a ''strong offering'' for paying subscribers. ''The really special things will still be a subscription service, and, sorry to tell you, probably more expensive,'' the Journal quoted Murdoch as saying.

Murdoch's News Corp. media conglomerate completed its purchase of Dow Jones & Co., which publishes the Journal, in December.

--Tanya Irwin

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