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Daily introduces football paywall to boost ‘local journalism and jobs’

Brian OwenA regional daily has begun charging readers for some of its football coverage online in order to “support local journalism and local jobs”.

Brighton daily The Argus has announced the move, which means some stories about Brighton & Hove Albion will be marked as ‘premium’ content available only to subscribers to its website.

The Argus has called on readers who believe “in the value of good, trusted journalism and providing in-depth sports coverage” to sign up.

The change was revealed in an editorial by Argus sports journalist Brian Owen.

Brian, pictured, wrote: “The way we deliver our online coverage of Albion is changing slightly – and we believe it is for the better.

“For years, we have proudly served fans with unrivalled and in-depth coverage. At The Argus, our unbeatable coverage will continue for many more years to come.

“However, from today, there is going to be a slight change. Some of our articles will become subscriber-only ‘premium’ content, meaning it can only be accessed if you are a subscriber to

We passionately believe in the value of good, trusted journalism and providing in-depth sports coverage.

“If you share that belief, you can continue reading all articles on the Seagulls with a digital subscription, with full access to exclusives and high-quality content.”

Readers of The Argus can sign up at an introductory rate of £2 for the first two months, with the subscription costing £1 a week after that.

Brian added: “Every subscription is not only giving you full access to our coverage but is also supporting local journalism and local jobs.

“Thank you for supporting us.”