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Bill Keller Steps Down as New York Times Editor

Bill Keller is stepping down as Executive Editor of the New York Times to become a full-time writer for the paper. He will be replaced by Jill Abramson, who has been managing editor since 2003. Abramson will be the first woman to be editor in the paper’s 160-year history.

Dean Baquet, the Washington bureau chief, will become the new managing editor. The Times reports that:

Mr. Keller, who ran the newsroom during eight years of great journalistic distinction but also declining revenue and cutbacks throughout the industry, said that with a formidable combination in place to succeed him, he felt it was a good time to step aside…

As for Mr. Keller’s plans, he said he was still working out the details of a column he will write for the paper’s new Sunday opinion section, which will be introduced later this month. He did rule one project out. “I won’t be writing a book about The New York Times,” he said.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper’s publisher, said he accepted Mr. Keller’s resignation “with mixed emotions.”

The New York Times’ ‘Week in Review’ Inches Closer to Relaunch

If you’re curious about what the revamped “Week in Review” section will look like for The New York Times when it gets an overhaul, today The Huffington Post offers up some information.

The relaunch is supposedly planned for next month, and a couple of the changes include a possible name change to “Sunday Review,” and more space for columnists. There’s also some juicy gossip mixed in with this news:

Times watchers see the new section as an opportunity for [Andy] Rosenthal to assume a bigger role within the paper. Rosenthal, a favorite of Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., is on the shortlist – along with managing editor Jill Abramson and Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet – to succeed executive editor Bill Keller when he hits mandatory retirement age in about three years.

We should have titled this post “A Power Play on Sunday.”

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: The New York Times Is Not Sinking

As Adweek points out, a question and answer session doesn’t always bring out the best in us. Such was the case during The New York Times’ annual meeting, which began with Arthur Sulzberger Jr. talking about how great the company was doing, and ended with this amusing moment:

Perhaps most pressing was this question: Is the New York Times literally sinking? A concerned shareholder inquired about the New York Times’ printing plant, built in College Point, Queens, on what, in the questioner’s view, amounted to ‘a swamp,’ asking, ‘Has the building sunk at all?’ After much laughter, executives confirmed that the Times has not sunk. Not yet.

We think answering that question stung a little more than the typical weird questions that the Times’ officials have to answer.

Did NYT Make A Mistake By Pairing With Apple On iPad App?

Web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has a message to send to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (and any other newspaper publisher who sells content through Apple’s App Store): you’re making a huge mistake.

Over the weekend, Calacanis sounded off on the Times iPad app and the future of journalism on his vid-cast This Week in Startups, sending a message to Sulzberger himself:

“If you are a publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or book, and you sell your products through the App Store, you are a fool…As a newspaper… your business is predicated having a relationship with the reader. That reader gives you their credit card number, their address, and their name…. When somebody buys something through the App Store, you get nothing.”

Plus, you give Steve Jobs a cut of your revenue, Calacanis added. The solution? Only provide your content through the mobile Web browser.

Other publishers take note — the Times may already be dealing with Apple, but you can still save yourself. And get a leg up on the Gray Lady, too.

Read more: Calacanis To Sulzberger: If You Sell The Times Through The Apple App Store ‘You Are An Idiot’ –BayNewser

Despite Naysayers, The New York Times Lives On

nyt2322.jpgThough it might be limping from staff cuts, proposed pay walls and taking papers like The Boston Globe off the market, somehow The New York Times Co. has managed to survive despite many media watchers’ low expectations this year, according to Slate.com’s “Big Money” blog. Both The Atlantic and the blog 24/7 Wall Street predicted that the Times would fold in 2009, and now with only a month left, it looks like the paper’s got a reprieve for a little while longer.

Not only that, but there might even be some silver lining: revenues and profits have gone up for the company’s Internet division, although once Arthur Sulzberger Jr. decides to go all Rupert Murdoch on his free content, who knows if that will remain the case.

And there is more good news. Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson said today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that although ad revenues are down, the pace of their decline has waned for the first time this year. Robinson said the company expects print ad revenues to drop 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, while online ad revenues should increase by 10 percent.

Read More: Prediction: The New York Times Will Survive 2009 –Big Money

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Previously: Times‘ Keller: Within Weeks Of Decision On Pay Wall, New York Times Staff Cuts May Come As Early As Next Week

British Times To Also Charge For Online Content

News_Times-150208.jpgAt first we thought this may have been news about The New York Times and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. planning to build a pay wall for his newspaper’s Web site, but apparently they are catching pay wall fever across the sea, too. The Times, owned by News International, is planning on charging for online access as well, as editor James Harding announced today.

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New Yorkers Less Willing To Pay For Content Than Rest of Country

keys.jpgThe New York Times posted an article yesterday on the hesitancy of Americans, compared to other countries’ citizens, to pay for news they read online. This has been an issue we’ve seen come up a lot recently with the explosion of pay walls, and a study done by the Boston Consulting Group shows that in America, where only half the residents polled said they’d be willing to pay for content, the issue is more pressing than it is other Western countries. But where have we seen numbers like this before?

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Remembering William Safire

saffire.jpgYesterday morning saw the memorial service for The New York TimesWilliam Safire, the former Nixon speechwriter who became an Op-Ed columnist for the paper in 1973. Katherine Rosman was scoping the scene The Wall Street Journal and she got all the dirt:

Present at the memorial was Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who recounted how Safire had been hired by his father after a dinner party for Nixon where the elder Timesman had originally been insulted to sit “next to the flack!”

Safire wasn’t all dark suits and grammar lessons though, as Barbara Walters recounted how while working at at a PR firm that he managed, Safire had given her a Christmas present of a see-through nightgown with lace panties. She got the joke, though admitted that today, “I’d have to report it to human resources.”

The service also included speeches from Mort Zuckerman, Bill Janklow, Bob Menschel, Julie Eisenhower (Nixon’s daughter), and William’s son Mark Safire.

William Safire, RememberedWall Street Journal

Previously: William Safire, NYT Columnist, Dies At 79, Paying Tribute To Safire

WNYC Throws A Gala To Thank NYT For Selling Classical Music Station

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Last night, New York public radio station WNYC threw a gala at Gotham Hall to celebrate its recent acquisition of New York’s classical radio station WQXR and honor its former owner, The New York Times Co.

Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the evening featured performances by folksinger Judy Collins and opera diva Deborah Voigt. David Sanger, a New York Times correspondent and host of the “Washington Report” on WQXR — and grandson of the station’s founder Elliott Sanger — presented the Times Co. with an award, accepted by Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., commemorating the company’s stewardship of WQXR since 1944.

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Later, Baldwin announced that the winner of the evening’s raffle would get a radio — actually, an Internet radio tuned to WQXR. “The New York Times got a piece of glass, for the millions and millions of dollars they’ve coughed up,” he said. “A piece of glass. The winner of the raffle gets a radio.”

(Video and more pictures after the jump)

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Times‘ Keller: Within Weeks Of Decision On Pay Wall

nyt logo.jpgOne surprising reaction to The New York Timesrecent announcement that it plans to cut 100 newsroom staffers through buyouts and, if necessary, layoffs is some readers’ willingness to pay for the paper’s content online in order to save jobs and maintain its quality.

Over the weekend, the Times‘ public editor Clark Hoyt discussed the paper’s staff cutting plans, seeking answers from executive editor Bill Keller. Acknowledging that some have offered a pay wall as a possible solution to the layoff plans, Keller said, “It’s a much tougher, more complicated decision than it seems to all the armchair experts. There is no clear consensus on the right way to go.”

Explained Hoyt:

“At stake are millions of dollars from online advertisers who want the largest possible number of readers. Putting up any kind of pay wall has the potential to drive away readers and some of those dollars.”

Still, Keller revealed a decision on how the paper will proceed with a pay wall is a few weeks away. Unfortunately, it looks like 100 people will be losing their jobs before a pay model can be unveiled. The realities of the media today is that any income that will come from a paid online content won’t be able to save jobs — at least right away.

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