Observer abandons TV guide due to falling revenue

July 28, 2009

From Journalism.co.uk, news that the Observer has stopped printing it’s TV guide, and is facing a backlash from readers. This is Stephen Pritchard, reader’s editor:

The figures are stark. With advertising revenue set to plummet 26 per cent this year and circulation down 6.9 per cent on last year, the Observer, like other newspapers, is having to make painful decisions about what it can afford to print. Loyal readers have displayed remarkable forbearance recently as the news, business and sport sections have gradually slimmed down but they could contain themselves no longer when the TV guide disappeared.”

I’ve always been a greater fan of Saturday Guardian’s pocket-sized Guide, but that’s not quite the point. What other supplements will the Sunday’s be cutting back on in an attempt to reduce print costs?