Thursday, May 6, 2010

Magazine Roundup: Newsweek on the Block, Playboy Rebounds

As reported yesterday, Newsweek magazine is being put up for sale by its parent company, the Washington Post Co. OVer at Folio:, Jason Fell looks at possible buyers for the troubled newsweekly, including some intriguing possibilities (such as ultra-right-wing competitor Newsmax).

Meanwhile, things are looking better over at Playboy, where some dramatic cost-cutting and outsourcing over the past year and a half have seriously improved the financial picture. According to a report on Folio:,  the magazine's print/digital division losses for the first quarter of 2010 were about $1.1 million, less than one-third of the amount it lost for the same period last year. This follows an actual profit at the magazine in the final quarter of 2009.

According to Folio:, Playboy – which published two combined issues in the past year – is returning to publishing a full 12 issues a year.
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