The Globe and Mail to Roll Out Digital Paywall Next Week


The Globe and Mail plans to implement a metered digital paywall starting next week:

The Globe and Mail will roll out its digital subscription package on Oct. 22, providing free online access to most print subscribers and allowing casual readers access to 10 articles a month on its website.

The newspaper announced plans in May to build a metered paywall system, citing the need to boost revenue as the advertising market fluctuates. Publishers across North America have enacted similar plans, largely emboldened by the online success of The New York Times, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Current subscribers will get unlimited access, weekend-only subscribers will pay $4.99/month and standalone subscriptions will cost you $19.99/month. We wonder how the paywall will affect users of the Globe and Mail News iPhone app (along with their other specialized news apps), which most likely will be updated soon to reflect changes. Most users have felt let down by the current app which has deteriorated, as noted in reviews within iTunes.

Users visiting stories posted via Facebook, Twitter, search engines and blogs won’t have them count towards your monthly cap (you could probably get creative here).

The Globe and Mail cites the success of the New York Times and their digital paywall. For comparisons sake, the NYT charges $15/month for all digital access from any device including their iPhone app. Recently, the Postmedia Network introduced a paywall for its daily newspapers as well.

Is the $19.99/month digital price for The Globe and Mail too expensive? Will you be subscribing?


  • I’ll never pay for a news resource when I can get all the same new for free on the tv or from other Internet sources.

  • Headline should read: “Globe and Mail loses thousands of online readers”

  • ZING!

  • Randy Ritraj – what else does anyone need?

  • Alb

    So let’s understand this. One of the best newspapers in the world, with columnist like Krugman and Friedman feels $15 is a fair price, but the Globe and Mail with Wente and…well…Wente feels they can charge $20….got it.

    It is called deleting cookies.

  • lol

  • DBishop

    Globe and Mail still doesn’t let their mobile site see or participate in comments.

    Just another piece of backwardness for this organization.

  • draz

    One less news site to bookmark.

  • Well, Globe & Mail app is getting deleted off my iOS devices. If that was their goal, then mission accomplished!

  • ward09

    I like the Globe, but I probably only average about 10 articles a month online. That said, the first time I want to read something and I am over the limit will probably be the last time I use the app.

  • erik thiessen

    i wish them good luck and adu.