The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 July 2005

Shrinking to a larger size

In about ten weeks, TV Guide will be shorn of its channel-by-channel listings, which supposedly everyone reads on their cable channel or on the Web anyway, and will resurface as a full-sized, glossy-paper competitor to Entertainment Weekly and similar magazines.

I can understand why they'd want to do this — putting out over a hundred regional editions has to cost them a bundle — but frankly, I think I'd be more likely to renew my subscription (which expires in May) if they kept the magazine at digest size, where it's at least distinguishable from the two dozen other mags that wander into my mailbox every month.

At least, that's what I think now. We shall see when that first oversized issue shows up in mid-October. Meanwhile, the company has told The Oklahoman that the 237 TV Guide staffers in Tulsa will not be affected by the change.

Posted at 10:48 AM to Almost Yogurt

That's too bad. I haven't bought a TV Guide in years since I can get the TV listings for free online and I never liked the articles anyway but by changing the size they are eliminating its most useful function: as something to throw at the cat.

Posted by: Lynn S at 6:20 PM on 27 July 2005

Jeez. The channel listings were the whole reason for the magazine, and why it was the most widely circulated publication in America.

I don't bother with it myself anymore, but that's because I don't watch enough TV to care about when something is on; if I'm desperate enough for entertainment that I'll turn on the TV but not the DVD player, I'm willing to take potluck.

Posted by: McGehee at 6:40 AM on 28 July 2005