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Chicago Sun-Times, sister newspaper to charge for online access after 20 free page views
CHICAGO (AP) ' The Chicago Sun-Times says it plans to start charging readers for online access to its site.
The Sun-Times said (http://bit.ly/tz6s4k) Tuesday that its website and the sites of regional newspapers owned by its parent company will go behind a pay wall starting Thursday. Readers will get 20 free page views every 30 days at any Sun-Times Media site before being required to buy an online subscription.
Print subscribers will be offered a rate of $1.99 every four weeks. Online-only subscribers will pay $6.99 every four weeks or about $78 annually.
Newspapers have struggled to find new sources of revenue amid an economic downturn and a move of advertisers away from print. The Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune have both been in bankruptcy proceedings in recent years.