Hearst Media Suspends Paywall For Coronavirus Breaking News

Hearst Connecticut Media, owner of the CT Post and all daily publications in southwestern Connecticut, has lifted its subscription paywall for several coronavirus-related breaking news stories.

For instance, five breaking stories are highlighted on its website with a banner announcement: “Note: Vital public health updates on the coronavirus are free for all our readers as a public service. Subscribers have access to in-depth analysis and reporting on how the virus is impacting Connecticut residents.”

State Rep. Chris Rosario, in an OIB story, called on Hearst Connecticut Media to suspend its paywall, as several other major media outlets have done, during this public health emergency. It led to discussions between Rosario and Hearst representatives on Thursday.

The announcement below, see screen shot, is now featured at the top of Hearst property websites in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, Danbury and New Haven.

The declaration is generally consistent with Hearst subscription paywall policy: free access for most breaking news stories, paid subscription for in-depth articles.

Screen shot of CT Post banner announcement March 20.

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