Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Three Months On, Newsday Online Has 35 Subscribers

While Newsday is literally fraught with problems since an ownership changeover, one of the most noteworthy changes has been the website's redesign, and the fact that it has been put behind a paywall. While print subscribers and those with Optimum Cable (which shares owners with Newsday) receive access to the site for free, Newsday now costs $5/month to access online. And, since October 2009, it has picked-up a whopping 35 subscribers.

Some staffers are reported to have called the redesign "an abomination." The publisher is reported as saying, "That's 35 more than I would have thought it would have been."

As Newsday is one of the first news sources to institute a paywall, many other sites have been watching its progress. The New York Times announced it would institute a paywall on its site in 2011.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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