Final Day for Free Tribune Access
COLUMBIA - For online news consumers, Tuesday is the final day for full access to the Columbia Daily Tribune website. As part of a new business plan, the Tribune will begin charging monthly fees for online users starting Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Tribune will allow readers free access to ten local stories per month, but anything more will be charged. The fee is $8.00 per month, or $96.00 each year. This is the same price charged for a full print subscription.
The fees apply to premium content - which includes local stories, blogs, police reports and obituaries. However, readers can still access non-local content such as wire reports and games, as well as weather reports. The Tribune will continue to allow online access for all current print subscribers, until the subscription renewal date.
This decision comes at a time when many print publications are looking for ways to profit from online news. The Wall Street Journal already charges $1.99 per week for premium content, and The New York Times will begin charging online readers in early 2011.