Sun-Times announces layoffs yesterday, online access charges today

Posted on December 6, 2011


You really have to read between the lines and connect the dots in the media industry these days. Yesterday, we were referred by one of our sources Paper Cuts to an article by Chicago Business announcing that the Chicago Sun-Times will yet again go through another round of staff reduction. They declined to give a number of layoffs, but confirmed that they will include editorial staff members and “possibly other employees.” That’s pretty vague. However, they reportedly said this was the “final piece” in their 18-month reduction plan. We sure hope so, because today another of our sources referred us to an article on the Sun-Times site itself, which detailed out their plan to start charging for online access to their content. The plan reportedly will only allow non-subscribers 12 views per 30 days before the metered access starts charging for content. If you happen to have a home-delivery subscription, you’ll only be charged $1.99 a month but digital access only subscribers will now pay $6.99 a month. This plan will apply to the company’s sister publications as well. We have just four words for this: Too little, too late. However, these back-to-back announcements don’t spell out bright times for the Sun-Times.

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