Wall Street Journal waives online fees

7.45am: The Wall Street Journal's online version is to abandon charges during the crisis in America, writes Owen Gibson.

The Wall Street Journal's online version, the only newspaper in the world to successfully introduce a subscription service, is to abandon charges for the duration of the current crisis in America.

With distribution networks down so that some newspapers are not getting through and the media unable to quench the thirst for fresh information, the WSJ.com site will be free for the foreseeable future.

The newspaper, which was forced to evacuate its premises by the explosions that brought down the World Trade Centre, has made the move in order to ensure American readers have access to the latest news.

Staff working on the site were among 900 Dow Jones employees evacuated from their premises at the World Financial Centre, close to the scene of Tuesday's attack, and safely relocated to offices in New Jersey.

Access to the site usually costs $59 per year, or $29 for those that already subscribe to the offline version. It has been held up by other publishers as an example of how to successfully introduce charges for content.

A spokesman for the WSJ said: "This is a temporary measure primarily designed to assist American readers at this difficult time. We'll review the situation on a day by day basis."


Owen Gibson

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