The Times (SA) converts to paid

thetimes.jpgFree South African daily The Times is converted from a free to a paid daily. The paper will be sold for R2 (€0.20), which is still less than the price of for instance the Citizen, that dropped its price from R4.5 to R3 in the recent South-African newspaper price war (Africa.com, Greenslade).

The Times started in June 2007 as a free daily spin-off from paid paper The Sunday Times by Johnnic Communications (later in 2007 renamed as Avusa Media). Subscribers to the Sunday edition got the daily for free. Initial circulation was 120,000.

The Citizen (Caxton) started their own free newspaper Citizen Metro also in 2007, but this publication apparently closed down in 2008 or 2009.

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