The Chronicle's highly-popular web portal, SF Gate, is reportedly headed for a paywall, maybe as early as the end of the month, according to Bay Citizen.
Hearst corp, which owns the Chron, has met with its editors and is considering a metered paywall, similar to what the NY Times began earlier last month. Under the format, SFGate would charge a $9.95 monthly fee. Those who subscribe to both the print and electronic edition would not be charged.
Although SFGate's main site would still be free, only short stories and limited access would be available to non-subscribers--some of the Chron's more popular features like investigative reports, Matier and Ross, Scott Ostler and Jon Carroll, (top columnists) would require a subscription.
All of this, of course, is predicated on there being a sizable audience willing to pay money for information, some of it, granted, written and filtered by reader favorites, but ostensibly that could be had, say, on Yahoo or any number of sites, for free.
Staffers at the paper, according to media analysts, are "nervous."
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