BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Sun will start charging readers for online content next month.

In a letter to readers published on Sunday, Timothy Ryan, publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, announced that the newspaper will begin offering digital subscriptions to on Oct. 10. He says the website’s nearly 500 million pageviews last year demonstrate that readers come back regularly to stay informed.

Digital subscribers will pay either $2.49 a week or $49.99 for six months for unlimited access to the website. Print subscribers will get discounted rates and an introductory rate of 99 cents will be offered for the first four weeks. Non-subscribers will have free access to 15 pages each month.

The Sun is owned by Tribune Co., which is in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Comments (16)
  1. James R. Collette says:

    Good Bye

  2. Gina says:

    They are not the only news in town. that 500 millions will turn into 5 who wants to pay when they can get stories for free

    1. mspistivity says:

      I so agree! Good bye!

  3. Tim says:

    Good luck. They should just shutdown the site now.

  4. Colleen Lynn says:

    Looks like I’ll be checking here for my news. There’s no reason to pay for online news content.

  5. susan says:

    I agree with you all. If they did not like it online then they should have never put it there.

  6. TommyA says:

    Goodbye Sun. I sure don’t need to pay to read your news. I can assume the headlines and be almost as informed.

    6 shot in Baltimore yada yada
    Corrupt politician yada yada
    Proposed tax increase yada yada

    That’s about all I need to know. I only pick the free weekend edition I get with my Aegis subscription up out of my yard for the coupons. Anyone need some paper for lining their rabbit cage?

  7. RustysChaos says:

    The only reason I got the print SunPapers was for my 3 Yorkies.
    Pay to get it on line. Don’t flatter yourselves. You have lied to Baltimore too long. You are getting what you deserve. Don’t forget to turn off the lights when the last one leaves the office. SoSorry

    1. mspistivity says:

      LMAO!! I”m with you!

  8. Tony Harr says:

    Sorry , but when The News American went away , I haven’t bought a local paper since . And I’m surely not gonna pay for it online .

  9. Debbie says:

    I can’t imagine any news that can’t be obtained from other sources. This seems like a last ditch effort that is doomed to failure before it even begins.

  10. mspistivity says:

    I just tried to reply to someone’s post and got this instant reply: “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” So, this is what you want me to pay for??!! Lock the door behind you!

  11. WhataJoke says:

    O’Malley won’t let that liberal rag close it’s doors. Maybe another tax increase will help keep them in business..

    Afterall, taxing people and businesses to death have done wonders for our economy.

  12. ems007 says:

    Remember the owner is in BANKRUPTCY…so, go figure. It is a joke to pay for online news, when they make a fortune with advertising. No way…no pay!

  13. Dazzz says:

    Get rid of all the advertising and pop ups on the site then perhaps I’ll consider paying for a subscription. Naaaa, doubt that I would as can get news from many different sources. No question their viewership will plummet followed by a mass exodus of advertisers who no longer will have the audience they once did. Dumb move Baltimore Sun.

  14. notpayingfornews says:

    Thanks for the heads up WJZ!
    I’ve already removed the Baltimore Sun from my favorites bar.

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