Globe and Mail starts charging for online news

Oct 22, 2012
A man surfs the web on an iPad. Canada's national daily, The Globe and Mail, on Monday began charging readers a Can$20 monthly subscription to access news on its website.

Canada's national daily, The Globe and Mail, on Monday began charging readers a Can$20 monthly subscription to access news on its website.

The Toronto-based newspaper's print edition on Monday was wrapped in an advertisement for the new online service, which can be accessed from a laptop or , or a mobile phone.

Publisher Phillip Crawley had announced the move establishing a so-called paywall in May, saying it needed to boost revenues amid sliding as readers turn more and more to the Internet for news, shunning print media.

Non-subscribers, however, will still be granted limited access to news on the website for free—a maximum of 10 articles per month.

The Globe and Mail's erecting of a paywall follows that of The New York Times Co., which began charging in March 2011 for full access to NYTimes.com, in a move that the company said last April was beginning to pay off.

Crawley said The Globe and Mail has "learned from their experience," which has seen the Times reduce its number of free articles per month to 10 from the original 20.

Other newspapers have been using paywalls with varying degrees of success.

The . last October also launched a subscription-only website for the , which it owns.

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TopherTO
not rated yet Oct 22, 2012
G&M will regret this move. Mostly due their greediness in deciding upon the $20/month subscription price. More than the NYT and WSJ but hardly offering a comparable product.

Too much fluff in the Globe & Mail for that price. Next stop - bankruptcy.
rc_yvr
not rated yet Oct 22, 2012
Chances of finding extant life on Mars: very low
Chances of me paying to surf the G&M: what will we call those Martians when we find them?