The New York Times will ring in the new year by charging readers to view their online content, however Times executives are not overly concerned about the consequences of this new paywall. Earlier this year, it was announced that starting in January the Times would introduce a metered model that offers users free access to a set number of articles per month and then applies charges once readers exceed that number.
Speaking today at the World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Germany, New York Times Company president and CEO, Janet Robinson, said the Times will not shy away from the “online conversation.” Robinson assured those in attendance that nytimes.com will stay active in the “open web ecosystem” and “a great deal of thought has gone into [their] preparation for this conversion.”
In September 2005, the Times launched their first online paywall when over 200,000 users registered for access to TimesSelect — a subscription based service for daily columns. TimesSelect was discontinued in September 2007.