In line with other publications, Newsbiscuit is to institute a paywall.
Readers of the Newsbiscuit website will get 2 submissions per month for free, then pay for as much as £9.99 a month for phone and tablet access.
Recently, Newsbiscuit has been struggling with unamusing, poor quality submissions and less ad money. Even Rebecca remains resolutely at a distance of 3 miles - the so-called Event Horizon.
"Newsbiscuit continues to have more subscribers than any British satire site," the editor, John O'Farrell, said. "We are proud of that fact, and we want to reward our loyal subscribers." The editor claims it has more than 150 readers a month.
The intention is to drive up standards. The "star" system will be enhanced so that achieving a 5 star rating will attract an award of the following month's subscription. Subscribers will only be permitted to vote once on any article. The practice of "bumping" will be abolished.
Submitters of one-liners will have to pay £1.99 a month, NIBs £5.99 a month and longer articles £9.99 a month.
Other satirical websites are considering putting up paywalls to
fleece the punters get more revenue from their readers.
But Newsbiscuit is the only UK satirical website to implement the so-called metered model, which allows a certain amount of access for free (2 submissions). "We have based this on trials on the Isle of Wight, where dial-up internet access makes it impossible to upload more than 2 submissions a month. By adopting the lowest transmission speed we are making the system fair across the UK." Stated the editor.
It is unclear the exact date when Newsbiscuit will start charging, but the editor said that readers will get a one-month free trial before the paywall kicks in. He added "We're thinking of starting on 27th February 2013".