According to the president of Philadelphia Media Holdings, Brian Tierny, Philly.com, the online home of the city’s two biggest papers– The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News– will no longer allow its content to be accessed for free.
The announcement came on FOX 29 today. Tierney didn’t go into much detail but did say that fee would be small. It is also unclear whether or not online exclusives such as blogs will remain free. The charging will apply “by the end of the year.”
The move is another symptom of the struggling newspaper industry. If you want great writers like Paul Hagen, Bill Conlin, Bob Ford, and Phil Sheridan to stick around, please buy the paper.