New York Times paywall arrives in January

The New York Times will begin charging for access to its website in January, its editor revealed Thursday evening.

n January, the newspaper announced plans to enact a “metered model” for its website, in which users would receive a set number of articles for free and be forced to pay for any articles beyond that limit. The announcement said the plan would go into effect in early 2011, but did not specify when. Keller’s comments Thursday clarify that it will be in January.

“This will enable NYTimes.com to create a second revenue stream and preserve its robust advertising business,” the newspaper said at the time. “It will also provide the necessary flexibility to keep an appropriate ratio between free and paid content and stay connected to a search-driven Web.”

Finally.  Hopefully the New York Times gets the revenue that they are looking for from this model.  Hell, it may even encourage other medium market papers to jump on board.  The second hopefully, is that Americans are willing to pay a small amount for information, or will this just lead to more isolation of Americans among the 24-hour news outlets.

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