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Indo to move to “leaky” paywall model

by on April 26, 2013

Tom Felle

There’s so much media news in today’s dailies it’s hard to know where to begin. I’m going to largely ignore the JNLRs because (a) I’m no broadcasting expert and (b) there’s no great shift in the figures, so it’s not that big a deal. Probably the confirmation of a fairly open secret by the editor of the Irish Independent Stephen Rae that the Indo would begin charging for online content via what he termed a “leaky” paywall is the most significant.

Read stories about it from the Indo by Ciaran Byrne and the Times by Laura Slattery.

It’s the first of the national dailies in Ireland to jump, and the move was inevitable. It’s the right decision, and probably at the right time. Under Rae’s editorship, the newspaper has slowed but not stopped the circulation decline (the drop in the latest ABCs was in percentage terms lower than in previous…

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