The Star also launched a Snapchat account and enabled readers to share its articles with WhatsApp. The announcement, which carries the byline “Toronto Star,” includes details of an update to the outlet’s mobile app.
The Star’s paywall was introduced in 2013 and heralded as a “major transition” for the newspaper. The paywall comprised different payment tiers for digital and print subscribers.
Media analyst Ken Doctor was quoted in a November Globe and Mail story saying the decision to discontinue the paywall was driven by a bid to generate increased advertising revenue.
In general, paywalls have helped offset some of the falling print advertising revenue at many papers, Mr.