Readers strike back against subscription price gouging

With print circulation plunging at the newspapers its owns or manages for New Media Investment Group, GateHouse Media found ways to stabilize circulation revenue from newspapers like the State Journal-Register.

It threw so-called “premium” publications into the home delivery package, making readers pay extra for advertising-driven content. So even though fewer and fewer people were subscribing to newspapers produced by fewer and fewer journalists, GateHouse kept finding ways to charge more and more.

Readers in Massachusetts objected to this scam, filed a class-action lawsuit and reached a settlement in GateHouse.

Perhaps readers in Illinois should ponder their options. Rather than pay more and more for less and less content, they should demand more from these out-of-town owners vacuuming dollars from this region.


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