The Guardian is to introduce a 'news online first' policy for some of its content - the first British national newspaper to do so.

Key stories from foreign correspondents and business journalists will go online ahead of the print edition, in order to "give reporters and writers on the paper the opportunity to produce copy of greater scope outside of the limitations of the daily paper".

But some exclusive stories will be held pack to protect the value of its print product.

Meanwhile, editor Alan Rusbridger has predicted the death of the printed product, with the arrival of "e-ink" and foldable plastic paper displays that can be read in sunlight. He also hinted in an interview with the Sunday Herald of plans to radicalise the Guardian's online recruitment advertising and enter the classifieds and search engine markets.

Conversely (and perversely), The Telegraph today revealed plans at the World Newspaper Congress in Moscow to delay publication of stories online until later in the day to encourage sales of its print product.

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