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‘WSJ' to charge for mobile access to subscription content

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New York—As News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch promised early last week, The Wall Street Journal, said it will begin charging for access to the WSJ Mobile Reader application on Oct. 24.

The Journal said the application itself will remain free and it will contain both free and subscription content.

“Dow Jones journalism is delivered not daily—but minute-by-minute on a mobile device,” Robert Thomson ,editor in chief of Dow Jones & Co. and managing editor of the Journal, said in a statement. A mobile-only subscription will cost $2 per week, while a mobile subscription combined with either a print Journal or WSJ.com subscription will be $1 per week.

Subscribers to both the print and online editions of the Journal will receive free access to all content on the WSJ Mobile Reader.

In other news, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network has launched The News Hub, a live, daily online news show.

The program runs weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. The eight-minute broadcasts are be available on WSJ.com, Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com and Dow Jones Newswires.

The morning broadcast is hosted by Kelly Evans, economic reporter for The Wall Street Journal. The afternoon show is co-hosted by Dow Jones Newswires columnist Simon Constable and Kelsey Hubbard of WSJ.com.

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