MCCLATCHY ABOUT TO START CHARGING FOR CONTENT
South Carolina’s information marketplace is about to get costlier as the parent company of five – count ‘em, five Palmetto State newspapers is about to start charging for access to its online content.
The McClatchy Company – which owns The (Columbia, S.C.) State, The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News, The Beaufort Gazette, The Hilton Head Island Packet and The Rock Hill Herald – will begin moving select content behind a pay wall sometime during the third quarter of 2012.
McClatchy also owns The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, which has an extensive presence in South Carolina.
Which papers will be affected by the new pay wall? And how much will subscriptions cost? Those details weren’t immediately available …
“We will offer readers a combined print and digital subscription package that will include access to web, certain mobile and replica editions for a relatively small increase to print home-delivery rates,” McClatchy’s chief executive officer announced this week. “We’ll also offer online-only digital subscriptions to users after they read a certain number of pages.”
The State – South Carolina’s second-largest newspaper – has already been charging readers for access to its coverage of the University of South Carolina’s athletic teams for the last two years. Meanwhile The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and The Greenville News, South Carolina’s first and third-largest papers, respectively, have already erected pay walls for their content (see here and here).
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