Sunday August 9, 2020

Waterford Whispers to put up paywall as ad revenues stall

Founder Colm Williamson says the satirical site can no longer depend solely on advertising and social media traffic

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
28th June, 2020
Colm Williamson is planning to put Waterford Whispers News behind a paywall next month. Picture: Patrick Browne

Waterford Whispers News, the satirical website, is planning to go behind a paywall next month as advertising revenues have dried up during the coronavirus lockdown.

Colm Williamson, the founder of the popular humorous outlet, said the company’s future could no longer depend on the vagaries of the online advertising market and traffic from social media.

A paywall will be erected next month, charging €5 a month to read more than three articles on...

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