Newsday Drops Its Paywall For 'At Least One Month'
from the but-paywalls-work-great,-right? dept
Remember how excited Cablevision was about putting up that paywall for Newsday, the newspaper that it owned? While the company claimed that the purpose of the paywall was really all about keeping Cablevision customers from deserting in favor of Verizon, it was still rather stunning to find out after three months, the company had secured a grand total of 35 paywall subscribers who weren't just grandfathered in as Cablevision TV subscribers. More recently it also came out that ad revenues for the paper had dropped off significantly as well, in part because of the much, much smaller audience. So it's interesting to note (via Romenesko) that Newsday has miraculously decided to drop its paywall "for at least a month." Seems like a pretty clear admission of failure.