Suicide or Salvation - Newspaper Group Considers Online Fees

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UNDATED (AP) - Hearst Corp. is assessing whether online fees
could help save the Houston Chronicle and 14 remaining daily
newspapers owned by the company.
The Houston Chronicle, the largest daily newspaper in Texas, has
seen its weekday circulation plunge nearly 22 percent.
It's now at a little more than 425,000 over the last 10 years.
Scores of other newspapers have suffered declines ranging from a
few percentage points to more than 30 percent.
But the abundance of news on the Internet hasn't helped print
editions containing virtually the same content that's often
available online a day earlier.
As a result, 28 percent of newspaper executives responding to a
recent survey by the Associated Press Managing Editors, a group of
newspaper executives, said their publications are considering
online fees.


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