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N.Y. Times to shut TV unit

Division produced Times-branded shows

The New York Times Co. plans to shutter its television production unit, resulting in the loss of 24 jobs. It is focusing its efforts on the Discovery Times Channel, a 50-50 joint venture it formed with Discovery Communications a 1½ years ago.

The production division, which generated about $15 million in annual revenue, produced Times-branded shows as well as fare for other channels including PBS, A&E and Showtime, spokesman Toby Usnik said Wednesday.

Company declined to release other financial details about the production unit.

About a half-dozen employees will remain with the Times to coordinate the production of programs for the Discovery Times Channel.

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