The Times & Transcript - and all of Irving's online news properties - have gone behind a paywall hosted at the Telegraph Journal.
Hmmm. Sounds like they might be making a mistake. Did they do any research?
In Montreal I was a subscriber to the Gazette. That subscription gave me full access to their website.
Until now, the T&T site was free. To all. As subscriber to the paper any comments I posted were not subject to pre-moderation.
In my experience (which may not be great) a subscription to a newspaper has included access to that paper's website; or at least a reduced rate.
Stand alone charges are not high. The UK Times, for example, charges less than $13. A National newspaper. 7 days a week. And they expect to charge $20 in addition to what people are paying for the paper?
Fat chance of that. The local paper provides vital information. Being able to make the odd comment on the T&T site was fun. But not worth $20.
Are they, perhaps, winding down the newspaper and hoping people will sign up for the web version?