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Time was founded in 1923 by Henry Luce and Briton Hadden. It is the flagship publication of Time Inc., the magazine unit of Time Warner and the world’s largest magazine publisher. Time brings in only a small portion of Time Inc.’s profit, much of which comes from the celebrity magazine People.
In March 2013, Time Warner announced it would spin off Time Inc. into its own publicly traded company. Time Warner had often been rumored to be willing to sell Time Inc., most recently to the magazine publisher Meredith Corp.
Time has had a reputation for decades as the United States’ leading weekly newsmagazine, leading some to say it is an icon of middlebrow culture. In recent years, Time has attempted to fashion itself after the British foreign-issues magazine The Economist, a higher-brow publication that specializes in news analysis.
Faced with decreasing sales and flat ad revenue, Time undertook a number of cost-cutting measures in 2007 to stay profitable, shrinking its circulation from 4 million to 3.25 million and laying off about 50 staff members. (Time Inc. also made larger job cuts in 2008 and again in 2013.) By early 2010, those cuts had resulted in a return to profitability.
Those changes also included a shift of resources and energy toward Time.com. Time’s website is largely characterized by shorter, newsier online-only pieces on similar subjects that the magazine covers. The magazine also emphasizes the role of online video on the site. It moved to the more mobile-oriented responsive design in 2012.
Time Inc. put much of its content online for free in 1994, one of the first print publishers to do so. But its officials were talking about charging for news online as early as 1995, and the magazine charged for access to stories from the print edition in 2010 and 2011. In December 2009, Time Inc. became part of a new magazine consortium aimed at charging for content online. The group, called Next Issue Media, is headed by a former Time Inc. executive. Next Issue has released subscription packages for Android devices and the iPad, the latter a flat-rate subscription across magazines.
In May 2011, the group released magazine subscriptions, including Time and Fortune, on Android-powered Samsung Galaxy tablets. It has announced plans to produce tablet editions of each of its U.S. magazines on all platforms by the end of 2011.
Time released an iPad app in April 2010, initially charging $4.99 per issue. The app was initially rated poorly by the iPad’s users. In May 2011, Time Inc. reached a deal with Apple that allowed all of its iPad apps to be accessed for free by print subscribers, and made the app available as part of a bundle with a print subscription later that year. Later that year, Time Inc. also made four of its magazines, including Time, available on the Nook reader, for free to print subscribers. Time Inc. had initially not included in-app subscription options but reached a deal with Apple to do so in 2012.
As of 2012, Time Inc. planned to allow advertisers to buy ads across all of its magazines, including both web and print editions.
In 2009, Time Inc. launched a one-year Detroit-focused project, buying a house in the city and sending reporters from Time and its other magazines there to write features on the city’s struggles.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are jointly owned daily newspapers in Philadelphia and the city’s two primary print media outlets. The two newspapers are owned by the Philadelphia Media Network, a holding company currently owned by a group of local investors. They share a website, Philly.com, though they are planning to launch separate…