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The Telegraph next to erect a paywall?

The Telegraph pondering a paywall
The Telegraph pondering a paywall

The Telegraph may well follow in the steps of its fellow broadsheet The Times and put its website behind a paywall in 2011.

There are whisperings abound that The Telegraph is planning to put a chunk of its content behind a paywall and leave some articles to be viewed for free.

News International made its Times website subscription-only earlier this year and followed suit with the News Of The World website.

The official stance by The Telegraph is that nothing is planned. A statement this week said "Absolutely no decisions have been made on the introduction of a paid-content model.

"Like all publishers, TMG continually evaluates the developments in the digital sector."

But a report in the Financial Times (itself behind a paywall) notes that those close to the matter believe that a paywall will happen in 2011, noting: "Although the final decision has not been made, the pay system will not be an impregnable paywall like that of The Times.

"It will be a metered system or, less likely, micropayments."

The Times hasn't given official figures, but has said that its paywall strategy is working. It's unknown if a paywall will work long-term, however, considering the myriad free sites on the web.

Back in September, The Telegraph launched its first iPad app.

Via the FT

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.