First Murdoch Community Paper Erects Pay Wall

By: E&P Staff

The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass., began putting some of its content behind a pay wall this week, the first community paper owned by Rupert Murdoch?s News Corp. to charge for online news.

Murdoch last year vowed to erect pay walls at all New Corp. newspapers. The Wall Street Journal, owned by News Corp., has charged for access to content for several years.

In an announcement, Standard-Times Publisher Mary Harrington said the charge was a result of a change in the business model for newspapers, ?and we need to change to reflect that.?

The paper allows free access to international and national news and up to 10 local stories a month. Beyond that, only a lead paragraph is displayed, along with a prompt to subscribe to online content.

The Standard-Times is part of Dow Jones & Co.?s Local Media Group.

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