Scotland’s oldest local newspaper to go behind paywall

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Scotland’s oldest regional newspaper, the Greenock Telegraph, is reportedly preparing to place its online content behind a paywall.
 
The newspaper, which began publication in 1857, informed online registered readers last week of plans to introduce a payment system from Monday 23rd January.

According to the email, anyone wishing to access the paper’s online content will have to pay £3.99 per month from Monday.

Known locally as ‘The Tully’, The Greenock Telegraph covers the Inverclyde area including the towns of Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow and the villages of Inverkip, Wemyss Bay and Kilmacolm.

The paper’s circulation in February 2010 was just over 15,000, however more recent figures place it at below this figure.

The news follows a decision by the Herald newspaper to place its own online content behind a similar paywall.

Scottish newspapers are currently suffering from a continual decline in circulation figures which have led to job losses at many well known national titles.