Back in August, I had a post about the Boston Globe planning to charge for online content sometime in the near future.
It looks like the Boston Herald has similar plans.
Earlier this decade, the Herald had a policy where access to columnists and feature writers was the only content that you had to pay for. It didn’t work. As Herald owner and publisher Pat Purcell acknowledges in that article, the paper received many complaints about that policy. If they put all their content (including sports coverage) under paid subscriptions, I think that sports fans are simply going to go elsewhere for their sports information.
Sites like ESPNBoston.com, WEEI.com and CSNNE.com will see their numbers jump up should the Globe and Herald go the pay route.
Purcell disagrees: “There are people who really love the Herald and will pay for it, the way they pay for cable and satellite radio.”
Would you pay to read the Herald online?