Australian media outlets Fairfax, News to charge for online access

The loyalty of readers accustomed to getting their news online free is about to be tested, as Australia’s largest newspaper groups prepare to charge for access to their websites.Fairfax Media is considering two levels of access, one free and the other incurring a charge, as newspapers move to protect declining revenues.Last week, News Limited chief executive Rupert Murdoch announced that sites featuring the news content of his stable of papers would no longer be free.

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