Washington Post pay wall to go up midyear

AFP-JIJI

The Washington Post said Monday it would start charging frequent readers for online access starting in mid-2013, with some details still to be finalized.

The move, which had been expected, will require a paid subscription after 20 articles or multimedia features have been read per month, The Washington Post Co. said.

The Washington Post’s home page, section front pages and classifieds will not be limited, it said.

The company said an exact launch date had not been decided, nor had the subscription price.

It said home delivery subscribers will have free access to all Washington Post digital products and that students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel would also have unlimited access “while in their schools and workplaces.”

The Washington Post had been one of the last top U.S. newspapers to offer its content free of charge online, but has been facing financial struggles along with the rest of the industry.