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Why 'N.Y. Times' Moved Up Size Change to August

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Why 'N.Y. Times' Moved Up Size Change to August

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The New York Times Co. is pushing up the date to shrink its flagship paper in order to save about $7 million. Until recently, the company planned to reduce the Times' 54-inch web width to 48 inches in April 2008. But last week, The New York Observer published a memo from Times editors informing staffers that the paper's time frame for introducing the new format had been moved up to Aug. 6 of this year. Today, Times spokeswoman Diane McNulty told E&P the company is making the switch sooner in order to save more money, and because "we were able to lock in the earlier date with mechanical contractors." She said there would be no additional costs for the company to speed up the process of converting its Goss Colorliner presses to the new web width. The Times Co. will save roughly $7 million as a result of moving up the size-change date, and ongoing it expects to save more than $10 million a year. The smaller format means the paper will become 1.5 inches narrower. The Gray Lady's page count will likely not change, McNulty confirmed, but there is flexibility to increase it by 5%. …

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