Confirming its reputation as the world’s most expensive business newspaper, the Financial Review is about to launch a new online service which, at $1,650 for a two-month trial, doesn’t come cheap:

Dear Information Professional,

Thank you for your interest in online access to The Australian Financial Review. On 2 April 2007, will become the primary channel and exclusive online source of full-text articles from The Australian Financial Review, Asset, AFR Magazine, AFR Smart Investor, BRW, AFR BOSS, CFO and MIS globally. Full-text articles from other Fairfax Media publications are also online for your convenience including: The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sunday Age, Illawarra Mercury, and The Newcastle Herald.

For more than 50 years, The Australian Financial Review has been the authority on business, finance, investment and political news in Australia. In the spirit of Australian business, it is open, frank, uninhibited and energetic. Now The Australian Financial Review is moving to an online channel, giving professionals direct access to its premium content.

Fairfax Business Media, publisher of aims to develop and offer content and technology solutions designed to empower the business community, along with financial and information professionals to use news and business information profitably. Offering a variety of online services and solutions,, is designed to meet individual, workgroup and enterprise-wide information needs.

Pre-registration and beta access to search and alert:

Fairfax Business Media is pleased to invite you to participate in our beta program, which begins on 2 April 2007. Commencing on Tuesday, 20 March 2007, Fairfax will accept pre-registration for administrators. Registered users will have unlimited access to search and alert at no cost until 30 April 2007. To participate, individuals registering in the beta program will need to accept the online terms and conditions when they first access search and alert.

Full details are available at

Trial term subscription to search and alert:

The trial term subscription to search and alert will be from 1 May 2007 through to 30 June 2007 and we are offering a flat fee of AUD$1,650 (GST inclusive) for the trial term. To take advantage of this offer, your organisation will need to enter into a subscriber agreement, which will be sent to you at a later date, either upon request or once you have pre-registered for beta access.

Many thanks for your interest in search and alert. We certainly appreciate your interest in and for the opportunity to build a mutually beneficial relationship with you through our online channel.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We may be reached at:

phone: 1800 555 503
email: [email protected]

Best regards,

Rick Bremble
Business Development Manager
Fairfax Business Media