Chicago Tribune finally offers tablets to new subscribers

In the August of 2011, Mark Milian broke the news that Tribune Co. was working on a tablet that it planned to offer to subscribers. Months later word leaked out that the company was testing MediaPad tablets made by Huawei Technologies Co. of China.

There were software problems, though, and Tribune ended up scrapping the project and giving the devices away to employees as an incentive for finishing performance reviews.

“We did a fair amount of testing,” Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman told me this afternoon. “But we decided not to make and market our own tablet.”

Instead, Tribune is now offering subscribers a tablet made by ProScan. “It’s a new promotion,” says Weitman. (I got the offer in an email last night.) The model that Tribune’s giving to new subscribers costs $60 on discount sites.