Skip to comments.Newsweek's hazy future (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 05/06/2010 6:36:02 AM PDT by abb
Can Newsweek magazine survive?
The answer is that no one, including the people who work there, knows for sure.
With yesterday's bombshell announcement that The Washington Post Co. is putting the magazine up for sale, Time remains the last newsmagazine standing. U.S. News & World Report has long since gotten out of the print weekly business.
Now a perfectly fine buyer may emerge, but it seems a foregone conclusion that Newsweek at best will be a shriveled version of its former self. In fact, some people think that's already the case.
Don Graham, the Post Co. chief executive, told me it was a difficult decision to sell the magazine that his father acquired in 1961 -- the sale was brokered by Ben Bradlee, then JFK's pal and Newsweek's Washington bureau chief -- but harder, obviously, for the people who work there.
Bradlee told me last night: "I hate to see any change because I was so involved with Newsweek. I loved it. It gave me my first shot. It was a great magazine. It is a great magazine."
But, he added, "nobody says you have to keep a magazine that is costing an arm and a leg. I understand why Don put it on the market. Someone's going to run it, I think."
Almost exactly one year ago, Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham was telling me that deliberately cutting its circulation in half -- from what had been a high of 3.1 million to 1.5 million -- would not destroy the money-losing magazine. He and his staff had decided to go upscale. The question, he said, involved advertisers: "Will they accept a more affluent Newsweek demographic, given that they've been acculturated all these years to think of us as a mass vehicle?" The answer is now apparent.
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Like the Chicago Trib their business model is calling their readership “racist” and then expecting them to pay for ever increasing subscription rates.
into the ground.
Take the buyout.
Paying to be insulted brings out the masochist in me too.
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Weird thing is they have something like 400 employees. How many people does it take to put out that ten page weekly pamphlet?
Gee, what will do without NEWSWEAK?
Newseek’s future? The same as Look, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and that women’s rag that Rosie O’Donnell tanked
Well, like I said. Bloomberg bought BusinessWeek, why not Newspeak?
When Newsweak basically said they were going to stop doing news and basically be propaganda for the left a couple of years ago, I think we all saw this coming.
Newsweak is too big to fail!
What will I read at the Dentist office if they fail?
Newsweek will become a quarterly picture mag, sold at the grocery checkout isle. Maybe not even quarterly.
They need to focus on Bigfoot and UFO stories, because their political reporting is less believable.
They need to do everyone a favor and die, go away Newsweak.
ah newsweak is getting weaker weaker...
Since liberals like darwinism so much, no. It's survival of the fittest. Law of the jungle. Adapt or die. If you become unnecessary, you perish.............
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