MediaNews Group will begin charging for online content in May, adopting a metered paywall system similar to the one The New York Times announced it will put up, Bloomberg reported Friday. The U.S. newspaper publisher will use Journalism Online LLC to handle processing of payments for its Web sites.
The test will begin at the company's Enterprise-Record in Chico, California, and Daily Record in York, Pennsylvania. If it's successful, the paywall may be instituted at more than 50 dailies owned by MediaNews, including The Denver Post and San Jose Mercurcy News, the Denver Business Journal reported Saturday.
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Paid subscribers of the Enterprise-Record and Daily Record will have complete access to the papers' online content, or could have to pay a small "up-charge," the amount of which has yet to be decided, MediaNews President Joseph Lodovic told Bloomberg.
The holding company for MediaNews Group filed for bankruptcy at the end of January. Affiliated Media Inc., the privately held parent company for the publisher, expects to emerge from bankruptcy in one or two months. It has said that it has a deal with creditors to reduce its $930 million debt to $165 million.