NOT QUITE AS FASHIONABLE: Speaking of The New York Times, executive editor Bill Keller rolled out details of the previously warned of budget cuts in a staff memo Thursday. In addition to cuts to freelance budgets and the elimination of the freelance-driven City and regional sections on Sundays and the Escapes section on Fridays, the Times is also axing the weekly fashion spreads in its Sunday magazine. “We will focus our fashion coverage in the T Magazines, and the Sunday and Thursday Styles sections,” Keller wrote. “The last day the weekly magazine will run a fashion spread is May 3. The Sunday magazine plans to run T supplements several times a year.” The decision may indicate the Times has been more successful in capturing fashion and luxury advertising, such as it still exists, in the friendly climes of T rather than in the main magazine. The New York Times Magazine as a whole is down 41 percent in ad pages in the first quarter, according to the Publishers’ Information Bureau. In February, T’s frequency was reduced from 15 to 13 issues.
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