RBI’s Already Shuttering Titles; Three Down

We reported Monday that Reed Business Information would be shuttering at least some of its 50 US-based trade magazines, and according to our colleagues at FishbowlNY, the closures have already begun.

The important part: RBI has closed Manufacturing Business Technology, Industrial Distribution and Video Business, effective today. DM2 (or “DecisionMaker”), which manages, markets, and rents third-party b-2-b mailing lists, will no longer manage non-RBI lists, effective April.

We’ve reached out to a RBI spokesperson and will update when we hear back. Until then, we can only guess at how many people are affected: There are five people on MBT’s editorial masthead and seven on the business side; eleven edit staff on Video Business’s masthead (and ten contributors) and eight on the business side; seven edit staff and thirteen sales staff at Industrial Distribution. Now, it’s likely that many of these employees worked on more than one of RBI’s titles, so we’re not coming out and saying that 51 people are losing their jobs. But it looks like up to 51 people could be in the unemployment line tomorrow.

After the jump, the remaining magazines on deathwatch:

* Building Design+Construction
* Casual Living
* Chain Leader
* Construction Equipment
* Consulting Specifying Engineer
* Control Engineering
* Converting
* Custom Builder
* Design News
* DM2
* Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
* Furniture/Today
* Gifts & Decorative Accessories
* Graphic Arts Monthly
* Graphic Arts Blue Book
* Home Accents Today
* Home Textiles Today
* Housing Giants
* Hotels
* Industrial Distribution
* In-Stat
* Interior Design
* Kids Today
* Library Journal
* Logistics Management
* Manufacturing Business Technology
* Modern Materials Handling
* Plant Engineering
* Playthings
* Purchasing
* Packaging Digest
* Professional Builder
* Professional Remodeler
* Publishers Weekly
* Restaurants & Institutions
* School Library Journal
* Semiconductor International
* Spec Check
* Supply Chain Management Review
* Test & Measurement World
* Tradeshow Week
* Video Business
* related international editions and online products