The Indianapolis Star announced Sunday that it is rolling out a new “business model” for the future that sounds very similar to one that the Kansas City Star will very likely roll out to subscribers later this year.
Both newspapers will increase their rates, but it is difficult to determine how much the increase will be at this time.
In order to cut costs the Indy Star also announced it was going to sell its venerable 104-year-old Penn building. The KC Star recently announced another round of furloughs for its employees this year.
The Star’s parent McClatchy Company recently announced (7/27) that it intends to roll out a metered payment plan in the third quarter in five of its markets. In the fourth quarter the remaining 25 newspapers will follow suit.
According to McClatchy, the company intends to offer readers a “combined print and digital subscription package that will include access to Web, certain mobile and replica editions for a small increase to print home delivery rates.”