Online access will cost you at NewsNews Corporation raised eyebrows yesterday with its claim to have 200,000 digital subscribers, which apparently included subscribers to its online Supercoach competition as well as for investment newsletter Eureka Report as well as figures for its capital city papers. In July of last year it claimed 100,000 digital subscribers, but that total only included figures from papers such as The Australian, the Herald Sun and The Daily Telegraph. But buried at the end of the press release was the real story -- many of those digital subscribers are to be charged more for the dubious privilege of online access:

"News Corp Australia also announced modest prices rises of $1/week for digital subscriptions to The Daily Telegraph and The Courier-Mail and $2/week to The Advertiser and Herald Sun."