There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over.
McClatchy Newspapers didn't exactly how much they'll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.
"Home delivery of our printed newspaper and access to our website, certain mobile products, and a digital replica edition of our printed newspaper," says McClatchy's VP of Interactive Media, Christian Hendricks.
Hendricks says there will also be a digital only subscription available, and that readers will be able to access a certain number of pages of the paper every month without paying. How many pages though will be left up to the newspapers themselves. McClatchy says it will roll out the new pay-for-digital plan in five markets this fall. The rest of its papers will follow later in the year. It's not clear when the Charlotte Observer's website will undergo the change.