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L.A. Times to Erect Paywall March 5

Unlimited online content won’t be free to those who don’t get the paper delivered at home.

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.”

Ellen Zunino March 01, 2012 at 02:58 AM
The Times also announced this week that it's going to combine the weekly and already anemic Food and Home sections into one Saturday section. There's an old "Pearls Before Swine" comic in which Rat takes over a paper and, to save money, begins printing it on a post-it note. The Times seems to be heading in the same direction.
Jerry A March 01, 2012 at 07:05 AM
With the WWW, the print media have taken a huge hit with subscriber's and readers of newspapers. But when your on the web where do most of the stories and article come from ? The print media who foot the bill for the news reporters. Look at the Drudge Report, probably the #1 news website on the web. Mostly links to newspaper web sites. Those who use to read newspapers a decade or more ago and now get their news from the web feel they are more informed but actually they are less informed. All studies conducted from the DoD in particular the Dept. of the Navy shows when you read something on a computer monitor, your words per minute is decreased by 25 % and your comprehension of what your reading is decreased by 15 % to 30 % or more. The WSJ saw what was happening over a decade ago and had been a subscription website before any other newspaper in America. Probably why the WSJ is the most credible print newspaper in America today. You can spend two or three hours reading the WSJ from page one to the last page, crunch the numbers and your more knowledgeable about what's happening in the world than if you spent 24 hours on the web digesting what you were reading. Good for the L.A. Times discovering that they have to fall back on good good old capitalistism so they can continue their leftist political agenda of a liberal bias news propaganda. Mexifornia is going paid digital !!!

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