We’re hearing from executives at Knight Ridder newspapers that once Knight Ridder Digital has finished implementing consumer registration at their Web sites, KRD next plans to charge for site access. The newspaper executives we’ve spoken with say this is what they are being told by corporate. If you too have heard this, please send me an e-mail (vin at digitaldeliverance.com), which we will keep confidential. We’re assembling a picture of US newspaper corporations’ plans to charge for site access.
UPDATE: Knight Ridder Digital spokesperson Amy Dalton tell us this isn’t true, that KRD does not have plans to charge for any of sites. We suspect that our sources inside some KR newspapers may simply have heard some publishers’ wishes, not corporate policy. Our thanks to Ms. Dalton for telling us the corporate policy.