Dispatch Resumes Charging Web Site Users
People who read the Columbus Dispatch online might have recently received a notice saying "thank you for being a frequent visitor to dispatch.com. You've reached your quota." That's because as of last week, The Dispatch began charging readers, even those who subscribe to the paper edition, who want to read more than 10 articles a month on its Web site. Under the new business model, new subscribers can choose between either digital access or home delivery for $19.99 a month. New customers can receive both for a dollar more, or $20.99 a month. WOSU's Steve Brown sat down with the vice president of Dispatch Digital, Phil Pikelny, to ask him why the paper is moving back to a pay-wall business model, and why executives think this latest pay-wall will be more successful than their first. Click the play button above to hear their conversation.