The Orange County Register has a 50-50 chance of becoming a tabloid, a move Publisher Terry Horne says “every newspaper in the country” will replicate in the next “three to four years.”
The tab, or “compact paper,” as the euphemistic Horne calls it, is just one of 50 initiatives the paper is considering to cut costs. You read that right: 50. Hey, Terry, here’s one way to cut costs: stop paying expensive consultants truckloads of money to come up with bad initiatives.
As the paper’s own story states:
The company previously tested a daily tabloid format with the OC Post, a six-day-a-week “quick-read” paper distributed countywide. The 18-month experiment ended in February when the Post merged with the three-day-a-week Irvine World News. It now is distributed for free in Irvine, one of 23 tabloid-size community weeklies the Register publishes.
Applying a failed experiment to the entire paper? Let us know how that works out for you.