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Murdoch-owned newspaper charges for content

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation owns The Standard-Times

One of the smallest newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has started charging readers for online material.

The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts, allows readers to view 10 items of content free before prompting them to subscribe.

The paper is charging weekly fees of up to $4.60 for national and international news and weather reports.

The Standard-Times sells about 30,000 print copies a day.

The newspaper is owned by the Dow Jones Local Media Group, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Announcing the move last month, Standard-Times publisher Mary Harrington said the paper had taken "tough steps" in its quest for efficiency.

"We understand that making this switch is a sensitive issue to some people, but the business model has changed and we need to change to reflect that," she said.

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