Baltimore – Making a bid to increase revenue at the cost of potentially losing readers, The Baltimore Sun announced on Sunday it plans to begin charging for access to its website, baltimoresun.com, beginning Oct. 10.
Joining the ranks of papers such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, The Sun said it will charge non-print-subscribers $2.49 a week or $49.99 for 26 weeks of online access, following a $0.99 introductory rate for the first four weeks. Print subscribers will pay $0.75 a week or $29.99 a year. The first 15 page views each month will be free.
Poynter broke the news on Friday by publishing an internal memo from Sun publisher Tim Ryan. “We are confident they will subscribe to maintain access,” wrote Ryan. “Many other media companies, including the New York Times, Dallas Morning News and Boston Globe, currently offer digital subscriptions. We believe our expertise in creating and delivering high-quality news positions baltimoresun.com to better serve our customers in the Baltimore area.”
This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.
Baltimore Sun – http://tinyurl.com/3eukbur
Poynter – (Internal memo) http://tinyurl.com/3wg6lj6