Gazette’s thinner TV Times

Gazette editor-in-chief Andrew Phillips explains the paper’s decision to cut the size of its weekly TV Times insert almost in half, from 36 to 20 pages, on his blog. (This, by the way, is a perfect example of what editors should be doing on their blogs: explaining situations that affect readers honestly and opening a dialogue with them.)

The post is long, with plenty of points about how people on digital cable or satellite use on-screen guides instead of paper ones (this also led to the demise of the paper TV Guide), and the increasing price of paper forced management to make a decision. The newer format eliminates listings between midnight and 9am and cuts most of its “editorial” content (which I’m pretty sure nobody read anyway).

The post even includes the necessary dig at the competition, which doesn’t have nearly as comprehensive TV listings (both weekly and daily schedules).

As the number of channels grows, and the number of people using basic cable or over-the-air reception shrinks, it’s inevitable that some day these TV listings will be eliminated entirely, and demand for a searchable online version grows (much like TV Guide’s online offering, which has unfortunately been assimilated into the Sympatico empire).

4 thoughts on “Gazette’s thinner TV Times

  1. Josh

    I like zap2it.com a lot. When you sign up, you tell the site which satellite/cable company you’re with and which package or a la carte channels you receive. Then, anytime you log in from then on, your programming grid is right there for you.

    Of course, if Videotron did the programming guide for digi cable customers like me properly, I wouldn’t even need zap2it. My issues with videotron’s current setup are like this:
    -When you skip ahead to look at future programming using the ribbon at the bottom of the screen, it only lets you go about 24hrs or so into the future
    -When you use the full guide, it shows the listings for all the channels, regardless of whether you receive them or not. This means that scanning the programming for a given time can take far longer than it should, since I only get about 20% of the channels they offer.

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  4. edwin clay

    still errors. doesnt your sports section realize that there is monday night football.
    not only on saturday and sunday.

    as far as the reduction..terrible..there is tv being broadcasted after 11:30pm until
    9am

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