Murdoch to keep “special” Wall Street Journal content behind pay wall

Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp chairman who last year fulfilled a long-standing ambition by taking control of the Wall Street Journal, has said that a sigificant amount of WSJ.com content will only be visible to paying subscirbers.

According to today’s Journal, Murdoch ended weeks of speculation that he might make the website’s stories free for all at this week’s World Economic Forum.

He said: “We are going to greatly expand and improve the free part of the Wall Street Journal Online, but there will still be a strong offering [for subscribers].

“The really special things will still be a subscription service, and, sorry to tell you, probably more expensive.”

This month the WSJ allowed free access to its opinion section.

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