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Time Inc. to Cut $100 Million; Extensive Layoffs Are Expected (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2009 | Stephanie Clifford

Posted on 10/29/2009 4:03:37 PM PDT by abb

Signaling that worse times are ahead for magazines, Time Inc. is expected to announce next week that it will cut $100 million from costs, including another big round of layoffs.

The timing is coordinated with parent company Time Warner’s third-quarter earnings announcement, sources said, scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Time Inc., the publisher of titles like Time, Fortune, and People, has already cut costs dramatically: a year ago, it announced it was dismissing 6 percent of its work force, or about 600 people.

That was apparently not enough to make up for revenue declines. The $100 million in costs is expected to come largely from layoffs, said sources, who asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Michael Nathanson, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said he expected that third-quarter revenue at Time Inc. would fall about 19 percent, to $900 million.

“For the year, we’re at about $3.7 billion, and this company had done almost $5 billion as late as 2007,” Mr. Nathanson said.

Since 2004, Time Inc. has cut about $800 million in costs, Mr. Nathanson said.

Overall, Mr. Nathanson said, he expects Time Warner to post earnings of $0.54 cents a share, well up from the $0.30 a share it posted in the third quarter of 2008.

Time Inc. has already been slashing costs over the last several years. Since 2007 it has shut down titles including Business 2.0, Cottage Living, Southern Accents and Life, which it had revived as a newspaper supplement. Last week, Fortune announced that it would no longer be biweekly, and would drop its frequency from 25 to 18 issues a year. A stricter expense-account policy has been in place for some time, and some magazines have decreased the weight of the paper they use.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; layoffs; liberalmedia; magazines; time; timeinc; timemag
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TIME Stands Still

1 posted on 10/29/2009 4:03:38 PM PDT by abb
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TIME Stands Still

2 posted on 10/29/2009 4:03:53 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


3 posted on 10/29/2009 4:04:30 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Gee, these guys are way behind the curve. Didn’t they here - the recession ended today ! Happy Days are Here Again !


4 posted on 10/29/2009 4:05:54 PM PDT by crescen7 (game on)
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http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/10/jon_meacham_as_far_as_digital.html
Jon Meacham: As Far As Digital Delivery of Print Goes, We’re ‘Kind of Where the Sony Cassette Walkman Was’

http://weblogs.jomc.unc.edu/talkingbiznews/?p=11548
ACBJ CEO talks about the business of business news

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iCcKlUw-MuMb3ZaxTojKgdBXBYjAD9BKTU3O0
Editors see financial gains from cutting frequency

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/10/globe_publisher_2.html
Globe publisher Ainsley to retire; Mayer promoted

http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&aid=172607
Wall Street Journal closes its Boston bureau

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/business/20091029_Papers_cite_20_6__drop_in_revenue__but_stay_in_black.html
Papers cite 20.6% drop in revenue, but stay in black

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/28/AR2009102804896.html
The vestigial tale

http://www.slate.com/id/2233849/
Paper HangersNewspapers aren’t doing as badly as you think.


5 posted on 10/29/2009 4:09:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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I’m glad Time is slashing liberals out of the budget, but these dang DNC outlets are still left surviving.

I want to see them go under. Fast.


6 posted on 10/29/2009 4:09:46 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (I love it every time a POS dies at the hands of a victim.)
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I guess Glenn Becks picture was an appropriate cover for them... Who gets to laugh last?????? LOL


7 posted on 10/29/2009 4:10:57 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: abb

Great news.


8 posted on 10/29/2009 4:12:09 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: tired&retired

9 posted on 10/29/2009 4:13:24 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

hehehe! i order subscriptions for my office and I dropped Time at the first opportunity.


10 posted on 10/29/2009 4:13:39 PM PDT by rj45mis
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To: abb

Cleaning house before the government bail out?


11 posted on 10/29/2009 4:13:45 PM PDT by doc1019
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Well, I think they had Obama on the cover about 18 times this year. How’d that work for them? Maybe they should have tried Madonna or Princess Di.

Actually, Rolling Stone won the Obama Cover of the Year Award from the Magazine Editors Group, so I guess all those Time covers just didn’t work very well:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2009/10/15/magazine-editors-group-creates-award-category-obama-magazine-covers


12 posted on 10/29/2009 4:13:46 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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TIME

"TIME, oh, TIME
Where did you go
TIME, oh, good, good TIME
Where did you go"

13 posted on 10/29/2009 4:15:23 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb; All

Just wait..Time is considering adopting the same strategy as SI..with a swimsuit edition..they can’t wait to put Zero and Michelle on the cover....


14 posted on 10/29/2009 4:22:07 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth!!!!! It's the ONLY planet with chocolate!)
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To: abb

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/366773-Meredith_Broadcast_Revenue_Down_13_.php
Meredith Broadcast Revenue Down 13%

http://www.businessinsider.com/comcast-nbc-deal-hits-a-few-snags-2009-10
Comcast-NBC Deal Hits A Few Snags

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/oct/29/sales-fall-newspaper-readership
As sales fall, newspapers must find a way to measure multimedia readership

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/business/global/29copy.html?_r=1
Germany Looks at Ways to Protect Online Journalism

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/29/bbc-cut-100-managers
BBC to cut more than 100 managers to make £20m executive savings

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/media_events/good_riddance_to_the_mainstream_media_not_quite_yet_141554.asp
Good Riddance To The Mainstream Media? Not Quite Yet


15 posted on 10/29/2009 4:22:09 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Perhaps TIME’s “Man of the Year for 2009” will be one of its own laid off writers.


16 posted on 10/29/2009 4:22:53 PM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: abb

Gee, that headline brightened up my day.


17 posted on 10/29/2009 4:23:05 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: ken5050

Father TIME

18 posted on 10/29/2009 4:23:44 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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I think the best song is the one Vanilla Fudge did with endless stoned “ Time...Time...Time...” ha.


19 posted on 10/29/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Pray for Israel! And Georgia ! And the Iranian people! and Honduras!)
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To: abb
Signaling that worse times are ahead for magazines, Time Inc. is expected to announce next week that it will cut $100 million from costs, including another big round of layoffs.

Time for another stimulus package to keep the left biased press running.

Fire up some more printing presses....Oh, I did a pun!

20 posted on 10/29/2009 4:24:35 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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