As of Tuesday morning, the New York Post will be an inch and a half shorter, according to Sewell Chan of the New York Times:
The Post and The [Wall Street] Journal are now under the same ownership — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which may be looking to save money at The Post, which is known to lose money, by consolidating certain operations, like printing and distribution.
“It sounds as if this change would more easily allow printing both newspapers on the same businesses,” said Rick Edmonds, who analyzes the newspaper industry for the Poynter Institute, a media research and training organization in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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The change is ostensibly being made in honor of Earth Day. However, gawker.com says the motivation is profit rather than environmentalism:
Rupert Murdoch‘s New York tabloid is shrinking, tomorrow, in honor of Earth Day; but the dimensions of the printed area were adjusted a day ahead of the actual paper, hence all the the white space. Rewind a second. “In honor of Earth Day?” Corporate America may kowtow to the environmentalists, but the Australian media mogul’s News Corporation remains a bastion of planet-destroying bravado, surely.
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The change itself was a wise business decision. Pretending it was made in the name of environmentalism is disingenuous at best.