Following in the footsteps of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times will begin charging readers who do not get the paper delivered at home a fee for online news.
According to an email sent out Tuesday by the Times, the newspaper will be erecting a paywall behind latimes.com starting March 5, and launching a membership program at an as-yet undisclosed but “nominal fee.”
The paywall will be similar to the one that the New York Times started in March 2011. It will allow subscribers unlimited access to the Times’ news, blogs, photos, videos and data, the email, signed by Eddy Hartenstein, the paper’s publisher and CEO, and Kathy Thomson, the Times' president and chief operating officer, said.
Readers who already subscribe to the Times can activate their membership at no additional cost (visit latimes.com/membership for upcoming details). And non-members can continue to browse the paper’s digital content for limited reading and breaking news.
The Times called the impending change “exciting” and the latest sign of “how we're evolving.”