The Globe and Mail to Launch Paywall Model October 22

by Rob Lewis

The Globe and Mail announced this morning that they will launch a new pay model for digital journalism that will "change and enhance news publishing in this country" on October 22.

The national newspaper announced plans earlier this year to build a metered paywall system, citing the need to boost revenue as the advertising market fluctuates.

The Globe’s plan provides unlimited access to both the paper’s site and apps to anyone with a five- or six-day subscription to the printed newspaper. Weekend-only subscribers will be asked to pay $5 a month for unlimited access, while those without a subscription will be charged $20 a month after a one-month, 99-cent trial.

But some components of the site will continue to be free to everyone. Readers will be able to watch an unlimited number of videos, get stock quotes and read letters to the editor.

And readers who find stories through Twitter and Facebook as well as search engines and blogs won’t have those stories count against their monthly cap.

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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