The Washington Post announced in March that it would start charging for content in June, but until now we didn’t have details on timing and price. Now, here they are: WaPo said Wednesday that it will start rolling out its metered paywall next Wednesday, June 12 — but at first it will only reach “random selections of readers to ensure they have the best possible experience” (I’m sure they’ll be thrilled!)
The paywall — which, as my colleague Jeff John Roberts previously noted, is pretty leaky. It’s initially set at 20 free articles, after which those select readers will have to pay up. Pricing: “$9.99 per month for access to the desktop and mobile web and $14.99 for the Digital Premium package, which also includes access to all of The Post’s custom apps.” Home delivery subscribers get free access.
“Over the coming months, we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly,” publishers Katharine Weymouth said in a statement. “There is going to be a great deal of experimentation ahead to strike the right balance between ensuring access to critical news and information and building a sustainable business.”