Monday, September 26, 2011

LAME: Baltimore Sun to Charge for Online Content

Baltimore-based news site Charm City Now alerted Maryland Juice to the lame news that the Baltimore Sun has decided to start charging readers for online access. Granted, they have filed for bankruptcy and the newspaper industry is in serious distress, but is this really the right move? The AP had this story:
The Baltimore Sun will start charging readers for online content next month.

In a letter to readers published on Sunday, Timothy Ryan, publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, announced that the newspaper will begin offering digital subscriptions to on Oct. 10....

Digital subscribers will pay either $2.49 a week or $49.99 for six months for unlimited access to the website. Print subscribers will get discounted rates and an introductory rate of 99 cents will be offered for the first four weeks.

Non-subscribers will have free access to 15 pages each month.

The Sun is owned by Tribune Co., which is in bankruptcy proceedings.
Boo! Maryland Juice likes to help newspapers across the political spectrum by pointing readers to interesting political content. Will the Baltimore Sun now opt itself out of this type of viral readership?

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