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Texas Monthly to Sue NY Times

The parent company of Texas Monthly is suing The New York Times for hiring Jake Silverstein — Texas Monthly’s editor — as the new editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

According to the Times, Emmis Publishing is claiming that that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year.

Eileen Murphy, a Times spokesperson, described the lawsuit as “inexplicable.”

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,” Murphy told the Times. “We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit. We look forward to having Mr. Silverstein join the Times next month and help us shape the future of the magazine.”

This probably isn’t how Silverstein envisioned the next step in his career beginning.

Correction (4/12 9:20 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that Emmis was suing the Times and Silverstein. Emmis is suing only the Times.

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Robert Christie, New York Times Communications Exec, Departs Company

Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company since 2010, is leaving the company. Christie came to the Times from Dow Jones & Company.

According to the Times, after Christie leaves, his position will be eliminated. Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications, will lead the department going forward.

“Bob’s extensive experience and broad range of contacts in the industry have been very valuable over the past three years,” wrote Mark Thompson, CEO of the Times, in a memo.

Twitter Suspends New York Times Parody Account [Update]

Apparently the execs at The New York Times do not have a sense of humor. The paper complained to Twitter about a parody account, called @NYTOnIt, which posted many ridiculous and obviously stupid trend stories published by the Times. The account is now suspended. A sample tweet from NYTOnIt was “Guys, boys want muscles and the Times is ON IT.”

According to Poynter, the paper said that the account’s use of the Times “T” is a violation of its trademark. Never mind that the NYTOnIt account, written by Benjamin Kabak, has an altered logo and even includes “This is a parody account clearly not associated with any newspaper” in its bio.

Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, admitted to Poynter that the paper had complained.

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China Blocks New York Times After Article Discloses Prime Minister’s Extreme Wealth

China has blocked access to The New York Times’s website (both in English and in Chinese) after the paper published a piece on its Prime Minister’s extreme wealth. The piece — written by David Barboza — reports that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family have accumulated about $2.7 billion in assets.

According to the Times, the article went online at 4:34 am Friday in China; by 7 am the sites were blocked. The government is also trying to block online searches for “The New York Times” and mentions of the paper or article on a popular blogging site. The report is upsetting Chinese officials because it soils the reputation of Wen, who is stepping down this spring.

The Times, meanwhile, is trying to get the site unblocked. ”We hope that full access is restored shortly, and we will ask the Chinese authorities to ensure that our readers in China can continue to enjoy New York Times journalism,” said Times spokesperson, Eileen Murphy, in a statement. “We will continue to report and translate stories applying the same journalistic standards that are upheld across The New York Times.”

The Problem with the Daily Mail‘s Latest Internet Brag

Contrary to what is being widely reported, London’s Daily Mail is not the world’s most read English-language newspaper site. It’s apparently beating NYTimes.com only because the UK publication’s December 2011 comScore stats also factor in traffic from a sister site (pictured).

Per a report in The Guardian by Dan Greenslade:

A [New York Times co.] spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy, disputed the way the comScore figures are compiled. She says the Mail only passed the Times by including in its total a personal finance site published by the paper.

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The New York Times is Raising Home Delivery Rates

The New York Times is raising home delivery rates for the first time in almost three years. Poytner has the rate hike breakdown, but first, we suggest you brace yourself. Okay, maybe just take a deep breath. The cost is going up 30 to 60 cents, depending on what package you use.

Eileen Murphy, Vice President of Communications for the paper, said the hike works out to about a four percent increase.

“This is our first home delivery rate increase in two and a half years — and necessary for us to keep up with the costs of providing the nation’s most honored journalism,” stated a letter presented to readers in their sunday papers.

The increase starts on January 2, so you still have some time to debate if you can spare 60 more cents for a fantastic product.

New York Times Plans to Reduce Newsroom Staff

The New York Times announced today plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units.

The reductions are described by the New York Times Company as a rebalancing. Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor, said in a email to employees, the company will seek volunteers for buyouts in The Times newsroom. Abramson added, though, no newsroom staffer will be laid off.  

She said there would be “fewer than 20” buyouts.

The Times reports, the company will seek to cut costs on the business side by eliminating positions that are vacant and by offering a limited number of buyouts.

“This is part of our continuing efforts to rebalance our business and news operations and strategically invest in hiring to support new digital initiatives and expand our presence around the world,” a company spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy was quoted on The Times‘ website.

The company said it would seek to complete the staff reduction by the end of the year.

The New York Times Adjusts Printing on The Fly

It’s an overused phrase that is rarely used to mean exactly what it’s supposed to mean, but last night it literally happened: Someone gave the order to stop the presses. Eileen Murphy, Vice President of Corporate Communications at The New York Times, tells FishbowlNY that today’s papers were already being processed when the news of Bin Laden being killed broke.

“The news broke really late, and by that time we were already in the middle of the printing run,” she explains. “There was some discussion and because of the magnitude of the news, the order was given to stop the presses.”

She says that because the Times’ printing plant is highly efficient, they were able to act quickly. First, the front pages of the papers that were being printed were destroyed, and then, at approximately 12:45 am, the presses began to churn out the updated version. A total of 165,000 additional copies were printed to address the anticipated increased consumer demand.

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The New York Times Discusses TimesLimited

Last week FishbowlNY told you about The New York Times preparing its group coupon service, TimesLimited, and yesterday – between forwards from our friends that based their entire comedic value on animals doing human things – we received an email that the service has officially launched.

Like you, we have some questions about TimesLimited, starting with: Why now? It seems a little late for the paper to be launching a group service, with sites like Groupon – and to a lesser extent, LivingSocial – already commanding much of the market.

Eileen Murphy, Vice President, Corporate Communications, for the Times, tells FishbowlNY that the paper feels quite differently. “We think the time is right for this.  We’ve had success with our existing email based advertising programs like Sophisticated Shopper and Great Getaways and think this endeavor is timed perfectly.  It’s a natural extension for the Times; we have the assets, the consumer reach and the relationships with advertisers”

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