San Francisco Chronicle introduces online paid-content model

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San Francisco—For 10 years, the free was the online home of Hearst Corp.'s San Francisco Chronicle, the largest-circulation newspaper in Northern California. With the launch Sunday of, the Chronicle joined major metropolitan newspapers such as The New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe in introducing a paid subscription model for digital content. Unlike the Times and Post, which is set to institute a paid model this summer, the Chronicle will not implement a metered model that allows users to view a certain number of free articles before triggering a paywall. Rather, it is using a dual-site strategy similar to that of the Boston Globe, which for the past 18 months has operated the free in parallel with the paid In a note to readers published on, San Francisco Chronicle and President Mark Adkins explained the two models: “If you already subscribe to the paper, becomes part of your subscription package at no additional charge; for nonsubscribers, it's available for purchase. readers will be happy to know that the Gate remains a free website.”
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