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Tribune Looking At Charging For Online Content

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 9, 2012 8:10PM

Image Credit: Gabriel X. Michael

Both the Daily Herald and the Sun-Times have made the switch to metered paywalls for their content. We were wondering if the Tribune would follow suit. Editor Gerould Kern told a group during a Q&A at the Niagara Foundation that day will come soon.

Kern wouldn't offer details of the paper's plans to charge for content, but did note the Baltimore Sun (another Tribune Co. paper) gives users 15 free page views before charging $2.49 per week or $49.99 for six months of unlimited access. He would only say, "I think we will begin to charge in a selective way."

Tribune Co. is looking to do everything it can to cut costs and maximize revenue streams as it works to emerge from bankruptcy. So far, the company's legal bills related to the bankruptcy are $231 million and climbing, mostly in attorney fees.