Spain’s El Mundo to launch paid news internet ‘app’

Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo said Thursday it would launch a paid news application for the Internet and smartphones like Apple’s iPhone next week but would keep access to its website free. The new application called Orbyt will from Monday provide subscribers with full access to the paper edition of El Mundo as well as a range of other services including archives, video reports and news commentary. It will cost EUR 14.99 per month or EUR 0.60 per day, said El Mundo director Pedro Ramirez, who added an application was under development as well for Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPad tablet computer. The centre-right newspaper, controlled by Italy’s top publisher RCS MediaGroup which also publishes Italy’s biggest-selling daily, Corriere della Sera, will become the first major Spanish daily with a paid news application. El Mundo will continue to provide free access to the content of its website which is the world’s most visited Spanish-language media website, drawing visitors from Spain as well as across Latin America. Ramirez said El Mundo’s new paid news application could be transformed into an “electronic kiosk” that provides content from other newspapers


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