Fee for content coming back to newspapers

A survey of American and Canadian newspaper publishers indicates that most of them are thinking of revisiting charging subscribers/users for their internet version. This was abandoned on both sides of the border a few years ago, particularly by subscribers wondering why they had to pay an extra fee to get less than the material they received in their print copy. Now the thinking is that fees will be charged for online versions, which will contain more than the print versions (presumably a lot of blogs by key columnists, now being offered free online.) This will be rolled out slowly between now and the end of the year, as publishers hope someone else starts first so they can learn from their mistakes.

Washington Examiner, Sept. 21 2009

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