Boston Globe to Charge for Site Access

The Boston Globe has told its union bosses that the paper will soon begin charging readers to use its Web site,

The Boston Herald reported Friday that the paper’s publisher P. Steven Ainsley informed the unions of the decision on Thursday. Neither the specifics of the plan nor a potential date to begin charging have been officially announced.

“It’s going to happen one way or another,” Globe spokesman Bob Powers told the Herald. “We are looking at several different options, and the goal would be to generate revenue.”

The news came in the same week that Rupert Murdoch announced that his company, News Corp., would begin charging for access to all its news sites, including the New York Post and the Times of London.

Closer to home, the New York Times confirmed Thursday that its New England Media Group, which includes the Globe and the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette was up for sale. The Globe’s Beth Healy reported Friday that Platinum Equity, a private equity firm which last year purchased the San Diego Union-Tribune, had offered $35 million for the group.

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