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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:10 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Mon Nov 26, 2012.

Lee Enterprises said it will have metered paywalls in operation at “substantially” all of its 51 newspaper sites before the end of the year.

The publisher disclosed the progress it made to roll out the digital strategy as part of its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report.

A total of 35 papers now have meters in place. Lee’s larger-circulation dailies, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Northwest Times of Indiana in Munster and (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star, have yet to roll out paywalls.

For the fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, Lee said it lost $7.7 million on revenues of $180.3 million. It said mobile sales more than doubled, to $2.7 million for the period, contributing to a 9.7 percent jump in digital revenues in 2012.

Meantime, McClatchy is unveiling meters at two more of its properties, South Carolina dailies The State in Columbia and the Myrtle Beach Sun, effective next month.

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