Time – out?

Perhaps for as many as 600 staffers, according to this piece posted on WWD.com, which claims that the company is

bracing for another round of job cuts to occur before Christmas. Such cuts would follow a restructuring that included 600 job cuts last fall across many magazines including People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. The company also dismissed 289 employees in early 2007. “We’re always reviewing our organization and cost structure,” said a company spokeswoman.

A spokeswoman who obviously has a job at the moment.

Entertainment Weekly is in particular danger:

Though insiders believe layoffs would be spread across many of its properties, many have pondered the future of Entertainment Weekly, which has suffered steep declines in advertising and has seen profits shrink in recent years. Though October, the title has carried 655 pages, about a third less than the same period a year ago. That follows a 20 percent decline in paging in 2008, to 1,215. Time Inc., however, shot down rumors the magazine would fold, and those in support of the magazine say it has renewed energy under new managing editor Jess Cagle, a former People executive editor and favorite of People Group editor Martha Nelson…

I must admit, I’ve always had a fondness for EW. It’s mind candy, pop culture that struck me as a grade above such pubs as People, etc.

I must also admit, I’m not an expert in this field. I don’t really know who the players are or what larger companies control smaller ones. I’ve only come to newspapers relatively recently, after a long stint in non-profit public relations. So please forgive me if I state the obvious or come off as a bit naive.

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