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‘New York Times’ to charge for online access to columnists; CNN to offer free video

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New York—Announcements this week by The New York Times and CNN indicate that news organizations are still grappling with how and when to charge for online content.

The New York Times announced Monday that it will begin charging for online access to op-ed and news columnists at NYTimes.com. The annual price for TimesSelect will be $49.95 and will include access to the newspaper's archives. Most news and features will remain free to visitors to the Web site.

Time Warner’s CNN.com announced it will make free video available starting June 20. As part of the launch, CNN.com said its home page will feature video as part of a restyling of the site. Additionally in the fall, the news site will debut a subscription-based broadband product that will feature streaming video.

MSNBC.com, which already offers free video on its site, has drawn more unique visitors than CNN.com for the past two months, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

—Sean Callahan

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