According to Editor & Publisher:
Times Editor Dean Baquet did not rule out future job cuts as the company struggles with higher costs and declining circulation.
"I made the decision that, instead of nibbling around the edges of the paper, it made more sense to make one thing go away," Baquet said in Tuesday's paper. "Something had to go. It was a question of what."
The paper reported that Baquet, who took over the top post from John Carroll several months ago, "decided to cut the section in the face of higher newsprint costs, flat revenue, competition from the Internet and other pressures common to many newspapers." It added that he made the decision for budgetary reasons only, and called the section "one of the most inventive sections in any major newspaper."
"Rather than cutting local, national, and international news coverage, Baquet said he chose to eliminate the feature section with the content that could most easily be shifted to other parts of the paper," the Times reported.
Baquet and Associate Editor John Montorio informed staffers of the decision at a meeting Monday. The editor did not say if layoffs would follow, the paper reported. "I told them I needed a little more time to figure that out," he said.