The Kansas City Star has notified registered users of its KansasCity.com Web site that effective 9/4/09 it has implemented new “Terms of Service” that will include a subscription or surcharge for certain on-line content.
The McClatchy-owned paper has been forced to dramatically reduce its staffing levels, seen its circulation drop and has tried all kinds of methods to generate additional revenue, including dramatically increasing the cost of the paper (Star Sunday paper went from $1.25 to $2.00).
As an example, former KC Star subscribers are now being offered a new subscription package that runs from Wednesday through Sunday (not daily as is the traditional model) for $1.25 per week (plus an E-subscription on the paper’s Web site).
Most recently the paper announced it was more than doubling the cost of its Thanksgiving Day newspaper to subscribers.

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