The Sun paywall plans

The Sun has revealed its plans for the introduction of a paywall for its website later this year. The paper revealed it was to start charging website users earlier in the year.

From 1 August online readers will be charged for access to the site with the launch of Sun+. For a weekly fee of £2 News International (NI) will offer users full digital access, including near-live highlights of Premier League matches and all existing content on The Sun website.

NI acquired the rights to Premier League football highlights on websites and mobile in January. The publisher has a three-year deal allowing The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times to show clips online from all top flight football fixtures.

The paywall covers access to web, phone and tablet devices and will include offers and promotions.

Mike Darcey, chief executive of NI, said: "With the addition of the Premier League clips, we will be able to build on The Times’ credentials as Sports Newspaper of the Year, The Sun’s reputation as the paper for football and The Sunday Times’ renowned in-depth analysis and comment."

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