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Slovak media team up to charge for online access


PRAGUE (AP) -- Major rival Slovak media companies are teaming up in a project they hope will bring in much-needed revenue by charging for access to key sections of their online sites.

In an unusual show of unanimity, they have agreed to go behind one common pay wall and charge a small fee for unlimited access to niche areas like sports, entertainment, video, opinion pieces, archives and anything else considered exclusive.

A two-week trial period and an information campaign started Monday and the paywall will come into force on May 2.

The two companies behind the project, NextBig and Etarget, are confident it will be a success. Only a few tabloids are refusing to join.

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