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Time Inc ups spend on digital, ‘streamlines’ magazine teams

January 22, 2007

Time Inc is to cut almost 300 jobs as it restructures and prepares to expand its digital activities.  In all, 289 jobs are going including 172 on the editorial side (of Time Inc’s worldwide editorial staff of 3,300) and 117 on the business side, reports Brand Republic.

Progress brings change and we need to continue to evolve to meet the cost pressures and challenges presented by our rapidly shifting industry. While we continue to invest in our core magazines, we are also focused on transforming our workforce and broadening our digital capabilities in order to become a truly multi-platform publisher.
– Ann Moore, the chairwoman and chief executive of Time Inc

Hopefully it’s not going to create a ‘them and us’ feeling around Time. Personally I’m hugely in favour of integrated print and digital teams (except the technical teams which from experience has to sit more central). Let’s just hope nobody stands up in front of all the print editors at tells them that “print is dead” like our editorial director did back in 1999…

Meanwhile, IPC Media [my employer] appears to be recruiting “Online Editors”, but does not specify which brands you’ll be working for – you apparently have to specify on application… But make sure you can “demonstrate Web 2.0 skills”!

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