Both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are preparing to slash their coverage of film, theater and the rest of the arts, Deadline.com reports. The changes, which are expected to include staff cuts, are attributed to a steep decline in print advertising revenues.
“Deadline reported in August that The Times had stopped reviewing theater, restaurants and art galleries in the Metro region, and bid farewell to the freelance critics and reporters who contributed to that coverage,” Deadline notes. “That was just the precursor, however, to a more seismic shift in the Paper of Record’s plan for culture news coverage, as The Times absorbs a 19% drop in third-quarter advertising revenue, according to its own report.”
Deadline adds: “These changes come at a time when arts and entertainment coverage — and specifically independent criticism — is being reduced or eliminated all around the country. In New York, where Broadway alone represents a $1 billion-plus industry, the New York Post, the Daily News and USA Today all have eliminated full-time theater critics in recent months.”