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The Boston Globe Rolls Dice on New Paywall Site

For many years, if you wanted to get your Boston Globe fix, you navigated your browser to Boston.com. However, beginning today, there’s a new spot for the paper’s faithful: BostonGlobe.com. Print subscribers will be able to access the site for free, and until October 1 registered users can view content, but after that it’ll cost $3.99 a week, or $208 a year, for non-print subscribers.

Sounds normal, right? The paper wants to start charging for its online features. But here’s the odd thing: Boston.com will remain online and free. Christopher M. Mayer, Publisher of The Boston Globe, said there is a good reason for that.

“Our research showed that we have different segments of news consumers in our market, and we need to reach them in different ways,” explained Mayer. “We are also providing advertisers a new opportunity to connect with a premier reader base in an uncluttered and innovative new format.” It’s a nice thought, but maybe not the smartest.

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Boston Globe Union Approves Concessions

boston-globe-logo.jpgAfter weeks of uncertainty, the dispute between The Boston Globe‘s owner, The New York Times Co., and the paper’s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, has finally reached an end.

Yesterday, the guild overwhelmingly approved cuts negotiated last month, in a 366 to 179 vote.

According to the Globe, the new contract includes pay cuts, furloughs and unpaid vacations, which will reduce earnings by about 9 percent. There are also deep cuts in health care and retirement benefits, a pension freeze and the “elimination of lifetime job guarantees for about 170 veteran employees.”

The guild, which represents nearly 700 editorial, advertising, and business office workers at the Globe, rejected the first concessions proposed by the Times Co. by only 12 votes in early June. As a result, the paper’s owner implemented a 23 percent pay cut for guild members. Those employees that have been dealing with the pay cut since last month will be reimbursed “for most of the difference between the lower and higher pay cuts,” the Globe reported. The company will be paying for this difference by “making a one-time cut in its union healthcare contributions,” the paper added.

The Times Co. has also put the Globe up for sale, and some potential buyers have already come forward. A sale might be coming soon, now that the employment dispute has been resolved.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the approval of these concessions may lead to layoffs as the Times Co. prepares to sell the paper.

GateHouse vs. NYT Co. Goes to Trial

bostongate.pngLately it seems as though The New York Times is making as many headlines as it is reporting. Here’s today’s addition.

GateHouse Media, a large publisher of community newspapers filed copyright infringement lawsuit against the New York Times Co., which is set to hit the courthouse this week. The suit claims that Boston.com (the website affiliated with the NYT Co.-owned Boston Globe) used online GateHouse material without permission

GateHouse claims Boston.com violates copyright and trademark laws by taking GateHouse’s newspaper headlines and lead sentences published on its “Wicked Local” Web sites. GateHouse alleges that Boston.com offers links that send readers directly to “Wicked Local” stories — bypassing ads posted on home pages that help fund its operation and creating confusion on the source of the original reporting.

The case is being closely watched because of its results could be potentially far-reaching (ahem Huffington Post!).

UPDATE: That was fast! Turns out they settled before getting to the courthouse. Details after the jump.

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