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TIME FOR CUTS?: Time Inc. is gearing up for what has been a recurring autumn event at the publishing company — a round of layoffs across multiple magazines and divisions. But when are the cuts coming? According to several sources, the company is expected to make staff reductions across the board next week. The move follows several rounds of layoffs the publisher has unveiled in each of the last three years. Last October, Time Inc. laid off 600 people across its divisions amid a restructuring of its executive team and reorganization of its magazines. Time Inc. did not comment on impending layoffs on Monday.
Reports on Friday speculated the coming cuts might be as large as last year’s, but several sources inside and outside the company believed that figure to be too high. Closures also aren’t expected to happen this time around, but sources speculate rate base or publishing schedule changes could be on the table. One title that has already unveiled changes is Fortune, which will trim the number of issues from its schedule by a quarter, to 18 from 25.
And while Time Inc. preps for cuts, Forbes on Monday began its third round of layoffs this year, which will continue through the end of the year. In January, Forbes dismissed 19 editorial employees and, in March, cut 50 positions across the company. While the number of staffers affected on Monday wasn’t disclosed, the cuts will be across the entire company. “We — and the entire media world — have been hit hard by both the severe recession and the seismic shifts wrought by the Web,” wrote Steve Forbes in a memo to staffers. “Given these dramatic events, further layoffs, unfortunately, are necessary across the entire organization.” — Stephanie D. Smith