FT. com introduces subscription services


The Financial Timeswebsite, FT.com, will start charging for most of its services today.

The company will charge €320 per year for full access to the main site, sub-sites and news services, although it will keep many of its features free.

FT.com expects subscriptions to account for up to 10 per cent of its total revenues this year and is committed to breaking even by the end of the year.

Level One subscription costs €120 per year, with a discount price of €80 for FTreaders. It includes FT news and comment; surveys and reports on industries, countries and business trends; the Financial Timesnewspaper and a search tool to trawl the five-year FT archive. The Level Two service offers Level One access as well as company-specific information and a more in-depth archive service at a cost of €320, or €195 with a discount.

In Ireland, ireland.comis to charge users an annual fee of €79 to access its premium content from the start of next month.

The charge will apply to the premium news service, comprising: The Irish Times; the Breaking News service; ireland.com'ssearchable archive of all online newspaper articles dating back to 1996 and micro-sites including technology, sport and business.

A range of free content will still be available.