A new chapter in the delivery of The News will begin Monday at ngnews.ca.
The News website will be switching to a metered access site, meaning non-print subscribers will have limited access to stories, videos and slideshows unless they choose to pick up a monthly subscription.
Print subscribers and e-edition subscribers do not have to pay. They simply register online and can access as much of the content as they like.
For those who do not have a print subscription, the first month’s subscription to ngnews.ca is 99 cents. The price then goes to $9.95 a month. Included with the online access is the e-edition, which allows people to read the newspaper digitally page by page as it appears in print.
“We’re following a trend that is well established now across North America,” said Richard Russell, publisher of The News, about the move to metered access. “There is a cost associated with generating our news content and advertising revenue just isn’t sufficient.”
Non-print subscribers have access to six articles on our website every 30 days. Once that limit is reached, visitors have the option of selecting a digital subscription, or returning the next month for another set of free articles.
More than 90,000 unique visitors each month rely on ngnews.ca as their source for local news.
“With all your local news stories as well as online extras such as videos, slideshows and live coverage of everything from debates to hockey games, we are convinced there is enough relevant information on our website every day to warrant non-print subscribers paying a nominal amount each month to access that information,” newsroom manager Adam MacInnis said.
More details about the move, including how print subscribers can log in at no cost for their online stories, will be released on Monday.