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Celeb Weeklies Still Struggling on Newsstands
February 3, 2012

The magazine circulation report due out next week will show celebrity weeklies are continuing to take a beating on the newsstand, early reports indicate.

Newsstand giant People, usually a reliably strong seller, tumbled 12.4 percent on newsstands to an average of 1.1 million for the second half of 2011 versus the year-earlier period, per the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Rapid Report. This follows a first half in which the Time Inc. title’s newsstand sales fell 10.5 percent year-over-year.

The industry bellwether still managed to keep its total circ essentially even at 3.6 million by selling 4.3 percent more subscriptions, though.

Magazine publisher turns job-hunting into a TV contest
January 23, 2012

Magazine publisher Bauer Media appears to have pulled off something of a publicity coup by taking centre stage in a reality TV series.

Called The Exclusives, the programmes will follow the fortunes of six young wannabe journalists as they compete to secure a 12-month contract with one of the publisher's titles.

Bauer, which publishes magazines such as Closer, heat, Empire, FHM, Kerrang! and more!, has joined forces with the production company Twofour to make the seven-part series for ITV2 for broadcast later this year.

Times union pinches publisher over pension freeze
December 23, 2011

The Newspaper Guild, which is locked in tense negotiations with the New York Times Co. over wages and pension benefits, has sent an open letter to Chairman Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr. demanding that he drop demands for a pension freeze. The Guild is furious that outgoing CEO Janet Robinson appears to have been allowed to accelerate her pension payout. In addition to a $4.5 million “golden parachute” Robinson will receive to consult for the company, it appears she will also get $10.9 million in pension benefits, bringing her total payout to $15.4 million. Reuters reported that the Times will