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Sac Bee's Politics Site To End Subscription Fees; Switching To Ad-Supported Model

The Sacramento Bee will stop charging the $499 annual subscription for access to its state government news site, Capitol Alert, and will move to a free, ad-supported model, according to a memo sent to current subscribers that was posted on <a href="http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=12949" title="Jim Romenesko

2 Responses to “Sac Bee's Politics Site To End Subscription Fees; Switching To Ad-Supported Model”

  1. Abandoning the paid subscription model is in vogue nowadays but is it the preferred choice or is it simply business has not figured out how to sell paid memberships to the public. With the top few sites taking 95% of the ad dollars, where are all the other ad revenues going?

    Aggregation of paid memberships, like the cable TV model is the future of paid memberships. Consumers don't mind paying for content and services, they just don't want to pay for it in numerous places and numerous times. Password fatigue is getting to them and certainly mini-charge fatigue isn't helping.

    Aggregate numerous sites, from numerous categories that consumers are interested in … and they will come.