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‘No longer possible for us to offer content for free’ – Gulf News CEO

The Dubai-based daily has announced plans to launch a paywall for its online content

Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News has announced plans to launch an online paid subscription model.

Launched 42 years ago, the daily said it was adopting the paywall in line with the international publishing industry.

“The decision to go behind a paywall and to charge for our online content was taken a while ago. It is no longer possible for us – or for that matter any other news organisation – to carry on offering their content for free, while we witness, regionally and globally, an increasing decline in revenues coming in from advertising,” said Abdul Hamid Ahmad, CEO, editor-in-chief and executive director of Publishing at Gulf News.

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