Daily Express Launches Paid-For Online Archive

The Daily Express has created an online archive of over 1.7 million newspaper pages from ever edition it has ever produced. Users will be able to scan headlines and some pictures, but will be charged for deeper access to archive material that reaches back to the newspaper's first edition in 1900.

Access to the publisher's extensive archive will be charged at £5.95 for unlimited access to content over a 48-hour period.

A spokesperson for the paper said, "Just like its earliest self, the current Daily Express is at the forefront of modern technology. In putting these pages online, it is unlocking the door to the past."

Although the Daily Express has not as yet charged for current news content, their move to paid-for archive material reflects a larger trend in the publishing industry to charge for online content. This was first spear-headed by Rupert Murdoch of the Express Group rival News International.

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