Newsday to Charge $5 Per Week for Web Access

Newspaper publishers are increasingly considering similar moves as the industry faces an unprecedented drain on ad revenue

Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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Newsday to Charge $5 Per Week for Web Access

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Late last year, Newsday cut aoub 5% of its work force. Now, the paper will begin charging for web access.

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Newsday plans to start charging $5 a week for access to its Web site in a move that could generate more revenue but risks driving away readers.

     The new fees will begin next Wednesday.
    
Free access will still be available for those who already subscribe to the Long Island daily's print edition or to Optimum Online, the Internet access service offered by Newsday parent company Cablevision Systems Corp.
    
Those who don't subscribe will get limited access to the Web site for free.
    
Cablevision, which acquired Newsday from Tribune Co. last year, indicated in February that it was contemplating Web access fees.

Late last year, the paper cut 100 jobs, or 5 percent of its work force.
    
Newspaper publishers are increasingly considering similar moves to charge for Internet subscriptions as the industry faces an unprecedented drain on ad revenue and more layoffs.

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