By paulgillin | July 20, 2007 - 3:02 pm - Posted in Advertising, BusinessModel, Layoffs, Newspapers

Newspaper readerThe New York Times will narrow the width of its broadsheet format by 11%, shrinking from 13.5 inches to 12 inches in August instead of next April, as originally planned. The move will save $10 million a year, according to E&P. Fewer and fewer people remember the days when reading a broadsheet newspaper involved infringing on the personal space of seat mates on airplanes and trains. Today’s broadsheets are increasingly looking like tabloids.

Of course, the 11% cut in space will involve corresponding reductions in the news hole at the Old Gray Lady, which is already looking at staff cuts to address its budget problems. This should accelerate that process.

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