Tuesday, November 15, 2005


The Los Angeles Times announced on Tuesday that its Outdoors section will soon be extinct, thanks to cost-cutting measures.

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.
Ten people worked on Outdoors for the Times. It's been a standalone section since September 2003. In that time, the paper reported, only 28% of readers ever leafed through the section.


Anonymous said...

Besides, The Outdoors is nothing but a health hazard when you live in the Smog Capital.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, air quality is a threat to the abundant wildlife employed in the porn industry of the San Fernando Valley. At least when they shoot outdoors.