The service has been developed to support the extension of the FT's digital licence to include digital images of FT newspaper articles, previously licensed by the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA).
PRWeek revealed the FT was planning to make changes to the way it sells licences for its products earlier this year. The plans follow the introduction of controversial new charges by the NLA in January this year.
The press cuttings form part of the FT.com ‘metered’ access model, where registered users can access up to 10 articles per month at no cost and unlimited access to articles requires a premium or corporate subscription.
The press cuttings section of the site allows users to:
- Search for FT newspaper articles from all five print editions of the paper
- Use advanced options to search by edition, author, date and section
- Save searches for future reference and set up alerts based on specified search criteria
- View a digital image of a single article and/or as it appeared on the page
- Send article headline links to colleagues or clients with annotated comments
Following a six-month consultation period with customers and stakeholders, the consolidation of the Financial Times' digital licensing will provide direct licence holders with unlimited access to FT journalism.
The content will be accessible through FT.com as well as media monitoring services, press cuttings agencies and news aggregation services for one price.
‘Many of our 800 corporate customers have asked for the ability to search for FT newspaper articles,’ said FT B2B MD Caspar de Bono. ‘This new functionality is in direct response to their request. It is also being launched in advance of the NLA licensing changes - as of 1 July 2010, the NLA will cease issuing new licences for digital images or scanning of FT articles.’