Paywalls Coming to Three Tennessee Newspapers

Three newspapers in east Tennessee owned by Landmark Community Newspapers — the Roane County News, the La Follette Press, and The Morgan County News — will erect paywalls, WBIR.com reported.

Roane County News publisher Johnny Teglas said on the newspaper’s Web site:

A major portion of revenue for our news and information efforts each month is derived from subscription revenue … We feel that as we improve our services to our readers, they should help pay for them, whether it’s in print or online.

Another Tennessee newspaper, The Daily Post-Athinean, has had a paywall for some six years, and circulation manager Tom Cogdell told WBIR.com:

The cost of a mail subscription paying continually increasing postal rates, this has benefited these folks because now they can get an online subscription for a small percentage of the charge.