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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.17.09

Shifts in WaPo Newsroom; Multiple NYT Sections Scrapped

April 17, 2009
With first-quarter 2009 figures in the books, media watchers took a quantitative look at the industry's finances this week, and the results weren't pretty: Consumer magazines saw ad pages fall 25.9 percent and revenue drop more than 20 percent. Newspapers suffered a worse fate, with industry analysts spurring a New York Times reporter to write, "It is clear that once again, even the most pessimistic predictions were not dark enough." The book industry seems to have gotten off easy in comparison, as sales slid a relatively modest 10.8 percent in February. One result of the downturn: Less need for paper, leading ...

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