The Toronto Star became the last of the major daily newspapers in Canada to go behind a paywall Tuesday. Following The Globe and Mail, The National Post and other papers, the Star will now be charging for content on its website.
"This is a new, paid digital subscription program that gives you full access to all of the high-quality content on our website, our mobile website, and our tablet and smartphone apps," said Star publisher John Cruickshank. "By subscribing, you'll also help support our ability to continue providing you with high-quality news, information, investigative features, analysis and digital innovation."
As we reported Tuesday, there is no secret behind the move. The newspaper industry is struggling with a downturn in print ad sales and fewer people subscribing to the print edition. They hope this will recapture the lost revenue.
But the real question is if Canadians are willing to pay for something that they have enjoyed for free since online news started to take off more than a decade ago. For decades people had to pay for their news through subscription fees, but once news outlets started to offer their product for free online, people quickly became used to it. And even now that a number of newspapers are charging for content, there are still a number of outlets which offer news for free.
So we ask: Are you willing to pay to get your news online?
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