The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced on Monday the launch of PG+, its new members-only site that would go live at midnight. For an annual fee of $36 (or a monthly rate of $3.99), members have access to exclusive content, such as blogs, videos, and live chats with journalists. The highly interactive site is hosted by a team of bloggers and feature some of the Post-Gazette’s best-known personalities, including Ed Bouchette, Doug Oster, Mackenzie Carpenter and Mike White.
Founded in 1786, the Post-Gazette is the largest daily newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along with www.post-gazette.com, the newspaper reaches more than one million people each week. The newspaper’s free website will still have the usual breaking news, feature stories and multimedia content, but PG+ members will get discounts on some sporting, retail and entertainment events. The paper is owned by Block Communications, which also owns four local TV stations and operates two others.
“PG+ is a natural extension of our news, entertainment and information resources that the region has come to depend on. PG+ will add a richer dimension to the existing offerings under the Post-Gazette umbrella without reducing our current mix of print and online products,” said Post-Gazette President Christopher H. Chamberlain.