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Washington Post pay wall starts June 12

By Jeff Clabaugh
Broadcast/Web Reporter-
Washington Business Journal

WASHINGTON – The Washington Post will join other big daily newspapers in charging nonsubscribers for online access beginning June 12.

The Post announced in March that it intended to add a pay wall to its digital content.

The metered model will make up to 20 articles a month free to nonsubscribers.

Digital-only subscriber packages will cost $9.99 a month, including both desktop and mobile access. The Post says a premium package, for $14.99 a month, will include access to all of its custom apps.

The Washington Post’s digital subscription model may change, however.

“Over the coming months we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly,” Publisher Katharine Weymouth said. “There is going to be a great deal of experimentation ahead to strike the right balance between ensuring access to critical news and information and building a sustainable business.”

Home-delivery subscribers will have free access to all digital content, and access to the Post’s home page, section front pages, videos and classified ads will remain free to all readers.

Access to Washington Post stories from search engines or shared links will also remain free to all, the company said.

Jeff Clabaugh covers general assignment and provides business coverage for WTOP.

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