Friday 23 February 2018

'Post' sets paywall as new website launched

Peter Flanagan

'THE Sunday Business Post' has become the first Irish national paper to charge for access to current content in several years, as the title undergoes a huge revamp.

From this week, the 'Post' has put the content from its newspaper behind a paywall and has launched a new website featuring rolling business news and commentary.

The website will be updated from 7am to 6pm daily and will feature reports from the paper's journalists as well as international wire reports.

While the rolling content will be free to access, articles from the print edition will be seen only with a subscription. Prices range from €2.39 for one week to €69.99 for an annual subscription.

Editor Cliff Taylor said: "News is becoming a full-time operation and it's no longer enough to just produce your copy and leave it at that, and our changes reflect that.".

Mr Taylor added that while it would be some time before the success of the paywall could be determined, he was confident it would pay off.

"Even though we've only just implemented the changes we have already seen good interest from readers so the early signs are very encouraging."

'The Irish Times' dumped its paywall model in 2008 and although a number of newspapers around the world, notably the Rupert Murdoch-owned 'The Times' and 'The Sunday Times', started to charge for access in the last two years, no Irish-owned national paper has tried it since.

The 'Post' decision comes ahead of a staff meeting for its parent company Thomas Crosbie Holdings, which is expected to see another round of pay cuts.

Irish Independent

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