Gannett Skipping USA Today in Paywall Expansion

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America’s most unavoidable, often free newspaper USA Today, which sits scattered across airports and hotels nationwide at no cost, will remain that way online as well, even as its publisher Gannett puts up a bunch of new digital paywalls. The largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. will enact a New York Times-style metered system for non-subscribers at 80 of its community papers by the end of 2012, Forbes reports from the company’s shareholder meeting today. Gannett expects a 25 percent bump in annual subscription revenues, but the company’s CEO said USA Today would remain wide-open at least until its website is updated. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s online presence, though, will soon cost you.