Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announces plan to charge for digital-only content

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Following in the footsteps of some of the nation's most prominent news organizations, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced Wednesday that it will begin charging for access to its digital content.

Starting Oct. 1, the Post-Gazette will charge $9.95 per month for digital-only readers for unlimited access to its website, smartphone app, tablet app and to electronic editions of the newspaper. Post-Gazette customers with home delivery subscriptions to the newspaper will have unlimited digital access for free. Nonsubscribers to the newspaper will be permitted access to a limited number of stories each month on the website.

The Post-Gazette, Western Pennsylvania's largest newspaper, and Post-Gazette.com, the region's most visited site, reach 1 million readers per week.

"The decision to implement a paymeter grows out of our fundamental belief that our customers recognize the value in our local news products. This model allows us to continue to provide quality journalism to our readers," said Post-Gazette president Joe Pepe.

The move to implement the paymeter puts the Post-Gazette on similar paths as papers such as The Wall Street Journal, which implemented the first newspaper paymeter in 1997; The New York Times, which has charged for online content since 2011; and The Washington Post, which implemented a paymeter in June. The Blade of Toledo, the Post-Gazette's sister newspaper, has been using a paymeter since late last year.

For a list of frequently asked questions, visit www.post-gazette.com/faq. Readers can also call 1-855-743-6763 or send an email to pgforme@post-gazette.com for more information.


Deborah M. Todd: dtodd@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1652. First Published September 18, 2013 10:30 AM


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