Trade magazine will continue as online-only site

Trade magazine Television Week, which has covered the business of TV programming for more than 25 years, is shutting down its print publication at the end of the month.

Owner Crain Communications made the announcement on Tuesday, ending months of speculation over the fate of the pub. TV Week will continue as an online-only site, but with a dramatically reduced staff.

TV Week’s NewsPro supplement, however, will continue as a stand-alone print publication, distributing issues monthly beginning in August.

Among those departing are editor Greg Baumann, who told Variety that he will assist in the transition through June 1, when TV Week publishes its final print edition. After that, Baumann said he planned to consult and freelance in journalism.

“My immediate plan is to go on my honeymoon,” Baumann said.

TV Week began as the “Electronic Media Edition” of Crain’s signature trade mag Advertising Age before being spun off as a separate publication in 1982. Electronic Media, as the title was originally called, changed its name to Television Week in 2003.

The weekly TV trades have been hurt in recent years by consolidation in the syndication and TV station businesses, which were the bread and butter of pubs like TV Week. TV Week publisher Chuck Ross will continue to oversee TV Week’s online presence, while executive editor Tom Gilbert and deputy editor-columnist Josef Adalian, who just launched a TV-oriented blog, will also remain; pub is expected to supplement their work with freelancers.

TV Week’s website and NewsPro will now fall under the jurisdiction of sister Crain publication BtoB.

“This is clearly a new era for publishing, and we know we must adapt in order to best serve our readers and advertisers,” said David Klein, publishing director for TV Week and BtoB. “Our core advertisers are very supportive of this move, and we will continue to hold the same strong leadership position online as we currently have in print.”

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