Axel Springer CEO Walks Back Plans for Paywall at Politico

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Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner has walked back his comments from last week about plans to install a paywall at Politico, which Axel Springer acquired this month.

Axios first reported this development on Thursday, citing audio it received of a company-wide call with Politico employees on Thursday.

During the Q&A portion, when asked if a paywall would be installed, Döpfner said, “The answer is no. Absolutely not. No decision has been made. My answer honestly was very unfortunate. It was my mistake.”

Politico is currently free, though it offers subscription services for special coverage of certain industries such as the lobbying sector.

“The immediate answer — do you implement a paywall? I
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