The Washington Post to launch a metered paywall this summer

The Washington Post is to follow The New York Times and erect a metered paywall this summer.

The Washington Post: plans to bring in a metered paywall
The Washington Post: plans to bring in a metered paywall

The move to a paywall future will likely give newspapers struggling for survival around the world pause for thought, particularly in the UK. In November, the Telegraph introduced a metered paywall strategy for overseas users.

The latest move makes The Washington Post one of the last big American newspapers to erect a paywall. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times already have paywalls. 

The Washington Post said in a statement that like the WSJ and The New York Times, it would launch a "metered digital subscription model". Initially, this will allow readers access to up to 20 free articles on the site each month.

A similar path was trodden by the New York Times, which then dialled back free access to 10 articles a month. The newspaper has made what is widely seen as a successful transition to a paid model and has around 600,000 digital subscribers.

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

AOL's Graham Moysey on why we need to invest in people to evolve

AOL's Graham Moysey on why we need to invest in people to evolve

At college I once read a quote from Aristotle that has stayed with me to this day - "The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching".

Share
Thriving digital listening opens up new opportunities

Thriving digital listening opens up new opportunities

As this week's Rajar figures highlight digital listening hours are at an all-time high, up 6.4% (yoy), Simon Kilby, head of marketplace at Bauer Media, points to new commercial opportunities.

Share
Trinity Mirror considers appeal of £1.2m phone-hacking charges

Trinity Mirror considers appeal of £1.2m phone-hacking charges

Trinity Mirror is considering an appeal after a High Court judge ordered the publisher to pay "very substantial" damages to celebrities Sadie Frost, Paul Gascoigne and others for phone-hacking.

Share

Get news by email