Saturday, September 6, 2008

New York Times Goes From Six Sections to Four

NYT said yesterday that it will cut back the number of sections it has in the daily paper it sells in the metro New York area beginning next month.

The change returns the paper to the four sections it printed more than a decade ago. Since 1997, it had been publishing six sections. The Sports section will now be pushed back into the Business section on Tuesdays through Fridays. The Metropolitan section will be published as part of the A section, with national and international news, on Monday through Saturday.

The change is a cost cutting move. The savings, which the paper would only describe as "significant," come from eliminating an early shift in the printing plant on certain days.

"We are not reducing the space devoted to metro or sports news," Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper's publisher, said in the note to staff. "This is simply a way to produce the paper more efficiently."

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