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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

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The Times, sometimes known in the United States as The Times of London, was and has a of about 500,000. The Sunday Times is a weekly broadsheet with a of about 1.1 million. In 2012, the Times’ British total readership was , with nearly all of that coming in print.

The two newspapers were merged by the Thomson Corp. in 1966 and were purchased by Murdoch in 1981. The papers’ holding group, Times Newspapers, is part of , a subsidiary of News Corp. In 2012, News Corp. of the two papers by turning them into a single seven-days-a-week publication. Times editor James Harding as a possible precursor to such a move. Both newspapers were as recently as 2013, though several years prior. In 2011, the papers  about 100 of their 700 editorial positions, and they cut in 2013.

The Times in May 2010 that cost £9.99 for a 28-day subscription. The Sunday Times has also for an iPhone app. The Times has also and through CoverItLive and with the engagement on its political stories.

Paid content online

The two papers were the to charge for news content, when they charged overseas users for access in 2002. They also began in 2008 and have developed a called Times+ in 2009.

As part of Murdoch’s , the Times and Sunday Times websites in July 2010, which allows access for £1 for a day or £2 for a week, though seven-day print subscribers are given access. The website was in May 2010 in anticipation of the paywall, with the Sunday Times being given its own site.

Sunday Times executive John Witherow by as much as 90 percent before the paywall was put up, and after an during the paywall’s trial period, traffic was down almost 90% when reported in and .

The Times that its digital versions, including its website, iPad app, and Kindle edition, had about 100,000 paying customers, plus another 100,000 who received free digital access as print subscribers. The paper reported in June 2011,  in October 2012, and in 2014.

As part of the paywall, the sites’ articles were also such as Google, though previews of their articles were . The sites had also NewsNow in early 2010.

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: March 27, 2014.
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