Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NH Papers: Don't Take Free Online Content for Granite

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Count The Concord Monitor, The Portsmouth Herald, The Nashua Telegraph and The Conway Daily Sun among Granite State newspapers that will institute metered payment systems for online news content before the year is out.

Access to breaking news will remain free and unrestricted, but online readers otherwise will have a ceiling on free page views monthly before being required to register on the Web site and pay for additional viewings. The Dow Jones-owned Seacoast Media Group, which publishes The Portsmouth Herald, is expected to unveil its metered payment program sometime this fall.

Full Disclosure:  New Hampshire newspapers are near and dear to the intrepid "TUOL" staff, which more years ago than will be admitted to, worked as a reporter at The N.H. Union-Leader. The Union-Leader, which does not publish all its stories online, is not listed among the papers going the metered payment route, opting to dip its toes in the 20th Century, before rushing into the 21st.

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