‘Entertainment Weekly’ Cuts Staff

Existing staffers have absorbed responsibilities

Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly has cut three editorial staffers in recent weeks, Adweek has learned. A spokeswoman said three junior-level positions were eliminated over the past six weeks and their responsibilities absorbed by existing editorial staffers.

Time Inc.'s new CEO Laura Lang brought in consultants Bain & Co. in March to advise the company, sparking speculation that Bain might recommend layoffs. The EW rep said the cuts were not part of any companywide mandate, though.

EW's circulation was flat at 1.8 million in the second half of 2011 versus the year-earlier period, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Ad pages declined 2.4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of this year, according to Publishers Information Bureau, versus the magazine industry's overall drop of 8.2 percent.

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