UK Times’ Paywall Numbers: 105,000 Sales Since Summer, 50k Subs

After months of onlookers’ speculation and second-guessing using third-party traffic metrics, News Corp (NSDQ: NWS) has finally released the only audience figures that really matter…

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Full release follows….

“News International today announces that the new digital products for The Times and The Sunday Times have achieved more than 105,000 paid-for customer sales to date.

Around half of these are monthly subscribers. These include subscribers to the digital sites as well as subscribers to The Times iPad app and Kindle edition. Many of the rest are either single copy or pay-as-you-go customers.

“In addition to the digital-only subscribers, there are 100,000 joint digital/print subscribers who have activated their digital accounts to the websites and/or iPad app since launch.

“As a result, the total paid audience for digital products on The Times and The Sunday Times is close to 200,000 (allowing for some duplication in the digital customer sales number).

“Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive, News International, said: “We are very pleased by the response to our new digital services. These figures very clearly show that large numbers of people are willing to pay for quality journalism in digital formats. It is early days but renewal rates are encouraging and each of our digital subscribers is more engaged and more valuable to us than very many unique users of the previous model.”

“James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia, News Corporation, said: “We are excited by the progress that we have made in a very short space of time. In the few months since we launched these new products, the total paid circulation of The Times has grown. This reinforces our belief that our journalism is valuable and that customers will respond to the investment, innovation and quality that are hallmarks of our titles and our company.”

“Many of the early adopters live in the UK, are relatively affluent and engage with the products frequently. There is a particularly high level of engagement amongst those that have downloaded the app, the majority of whom would recommend it to friends.

“The new sites, and, are available for a charge of £1 for a day’s access or £2 for a week’s subscription. As an introductory offer, all customers that register for the sites get access to both sites for a one-off charge of £1 for the first 30 days. Access to the sites is included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times.

“The Times iPad app is available for £9.99 a month or as part of a digital subscription. The Sunday Times will launch an iPad app shortly.”