|Friday, September 23, 2011 – Robert Lang|
|After 15 years of offering free content, the Baltimore Sun is going to start charging web users for most of its content.
The journalism organization Poynter has obtained a memo from Sun publisher Tim Ryan which outlines the plans that will take effect October 10.
“Digital consumers recognize the website’s value. We are confident they will subscribe to maintain access to all of our unique, in-depth local news and information, and we will continue to innovate in ways that provide those readers with the news they want, the way they want it.,” Ryan says in the memo.
Under the plan, digital-only subscribers will pay $2.49 per week or $49.99 for 26 weeks.
Print subscribers will have a cost of 75-cents a week or $29.99 a year.
The Sun is offering a special introductory rate of 99-cents for the first four weeks.
Non-subscribers will have limited access to the newspaper’s web content.
Ryan says non-subscribers will have free access to 15 web pages a month.
The Sun is the first Tribune paper to announce digital subscriptions.
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other larger newspapers also offer web subscriptions.
… Lodge4 NEW & INFORMATION page will no longer post any Baltimore Sunpaper articles under this policy after October 10, 2011. Neither the biased information in the print edition nor the money-grabbing policy is worth it at any cost. …