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Kurtz on Newsweek/Daily Beast: ‘I’ll be sticking around’


Tina Brown, founder of the Daily Beast, signaled in a memo today that the folding of the physical Newsweek will coincide with “staff reductions and the streamlining of our editorial and business operations both here in the U.S. and internationally.” The reducing and streamlining won’t claim Kurtz. “I’ll be sticking around,” he says, adding that he’ll have input into the newsroom’s imminent transformation, “but a lot of the decisions have yet to be made,” says Kurtz. “We’re all in the process of figuring out how to move more forcefully into the digital era.”

Given Newsweek’s often-limited newshole, Kurtz says that 90 percent of his contributions wound up in the and BeastTV. “That’s true for a lot of the staff members,” he says. “Everywhere I go, people from all walks of life tell me they love the Daily Beast and the surging traffic reflects that. To be able to concentrate on the online product without the burden of putting out a print magazine . . . could prove to be a plus.”

But what about the plan to turn “Newsweek Global” into a product “supported by paid subscription and . . . available through e-readers for both tablet and the Web”? “There’s no doubt that Newsweek can remain a vital online brand,” says Kurtz. “There are legitimate questions about . . . the size of the audience for an all-digital magazine because I think that genre is still in the process of being invented.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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