Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sonoma Index-Tribune drops website charge

The Sonoma Index-Tribune has dropped the $5-a-month fee it had been charging readers to access its news site for the past three months after AOL's started a free local news site, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

When the Index-Tribune put up the paywall, editor and publisher Bill Lynch said that free access to news stories "is a business model for newspapers that cannot be sustained." Lynch did not return a call to the Press Democrat to explain his change of heart.


Anonymous said...

How many readers know about Unless you're a news junkie, like most of us here, is an unknown factor. And yes, Lynch is right, giving away news is an unsuccessful business model. So why do we continue?

Anonymous said...

Patch isn't bringing in local advertising, so when the seed money runs out, it's going to close. Not sustainable.