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The Times

The Times and the Sunday Times are set to merge their online teams, in a move that is being seen as a precursor to a wider, more comprehensive union of the two editorial operations.

As Roy Greenslade at the Guardian notes, the original decision to keep them separate (made at the behest of Sunday Times editor John Witherow, who wanted to keep his distance from the daily title) was strange; the announcement thus signals that, in Greenslade’s words, ‘good sense appears to have prevailed’.

Whilst such a move appears to make sound financial sense – both papers currently make a loss, and consolidating their respective online editorial teams is clearly a step in the right direction – such a change seems to challenge the undertaking given by Rupert Murdoch on his purchase of both titles in 1981 that he would maintain the distinct identity of each newspaper. Indeed, a source within Wapping, quoted by the Telegraph, stated that ‘it is total insanity to sacrifice the successful Sunday operation on the alter of the daily’.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-12-05 17:36

One of the first news organizations to go behind a full paywall last July, The Times and Sunday Times have gained industry interest in their fate. News International has released numbers for the two papers' digital subscriptions, showing that they have experienced quite a bit of growth. In five months, they have gained 29,000 subscriptions, reported the Guardian. This figure can be added to November's report of over 50,000 subscribers.

Digital subscriptions include online, iPad, and Kindle purchases. News International claimed the iPad app was largely responsible for the growth, according to the Telegraph.

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Meghan Hartsell

Date

2011-03-30 17:39

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