Two years ago, Xpress noted that, in an apparent test run, Gannett implemented pay walls for three of its publications: the Tallahassee Democrat, The Greenville (S.C.) News and The (St. George, Utah) Spectrum.
In Dec. 2011, local blogger (and C-T staffer) Ashvegas/Jason Sandford said that pay walls were likely for the local paper.
Today, June 20, Citizen-Times Publisher Randy Hammer said the new system will start July 1: "People who do not subscribe to the Citizen-Times will have limited access to our content on smartphones, tablet devices and website. ...
Nonsubscribers will be able to view 10 news items a month before they will be prompted to subscribe. [But] We will not limit access to significant breaking news stories, like natural disasters, election results or school closings that happen as a result of snowstorms. These stories will not count against the limit. ...Read the full article
We also are increasing the price of our subscriptions. A letter to our subscribers is being mailed this week with details about the new rates and bundles. ...
Deciding to limit free access to our digital content has been a hard decision. ... because of changes and struggles in the newspaper and media industries, many news organizations find it necessary to start charging for content. ...