As announced here a few weeks ago, the Kansas City Star will be implementing a new paywall policy for subscribers that will go into effect December 5 called “Kansas City Plus.”
With circulation declining and mandatory employee furloughs again this year, the McClatchy-owned newspaper is desperately hoping to increase revenues by charging all customers for digital access.
Some highlights of the new policy:
* The Star will bundle all its services (print, Web, mobile, iPhone, etc.) into one price.
* With a digital subscription, subscribers will have unlimited access to all digital content.
* After Dec. 5, without a digital subscription, access to the Kansascity.com site will be limited to 15 pages every 30 days. (Once the 15-page limit is reached, customers will need to subscribe or wait 30 days to view additional content.) Page views do not carry over from month to month.
* On a subscriber’s first renewal after Dec. 5, they will have the digital bundle with unlimited digital access for $ .69 a week. This is available whether they subscribe 7 days a week or less.
* After Dec. 5, if customers want digital-only access, without a print subscription, the digital bundle alone will be $9.95 per month (or $109.45 per year if paid annually). New digital package subscribers will receive the first month for .99 cents. The digital subscription will automatically renew at the $9.95 per month price.