The Washington Post is to begin charging users a monthly fee in the hope that it will salvage rapidly declining revenues.
The Post joins US rivals including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in adopting a paywall.
Publisher Katharine Weymouth called on the Post‘s readership to help “support our news-gathering as they have done for many years with the print edition”.
No prices have been revealed, although there will be exemptions for some customers, including students and military personnel.
The move marks a major shift in attitude for the newspaper. As late as December 2012 Donald Graham, chairman and chief executive of the Post, said the newspaper couldn’t find a system “that actually adds to the profits”.