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Editors call for readers’ support as sister dailies launch paywalls

Regional dailies from opposing sides of the Pennines have become the latest sister titles to adopt online paywalls.

Both the Lancashire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post have adopted the subscription model which has been introduced by JPIMedia across a number of its websites.

HTFP reported last week that the Shields Gazette, Edinburgh Evening News and Wigan Post had become the latest JPIMedia titles to adopt metered paywalls.

Gillian Parkinson and Laura Collins, editors of the Preston-based Lancashire Post and Leeds-based YEP respectively, have announced the move in messages to readers.

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Gillian wrote: “It is through the financial support of our readers that we can continue to focus more on the news you want to read about and report more on the issues that matter to you.

“This financial support means we can continue reporting on the important events of the day; focusing on those issues which impact on your lives, investigating, holding powers to account and making sure your voices are heard.

“With the rise of unregulated content and inaccurate reporting through social media it is more important than ever that our regulated and trusted voice remains at the heart of the community.”

Readers can opt to pay £5.99 per month for unlimited access to content, or an annual subscription of £59.90.

In her editorial, Laura wrote: “We need your support to help ensure the YEP can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

“We’re asking you to pay to read our coverage online as a show of your support in our journalism.

“This is about investing in news right here in Leeds. It’s about protecting that extensive archive that has charted Leeds life since 1890, supporting our award-winning journalists and photographers, and, even more important than that, ensuring the next generation benefits from the same documentation of life in our city.”