Shrinking LA Times quietly drops page count from Page One

A retired editor at the Los Angeles Times pinged me last week to observe how thin his home-delivered papers have been feeling. He also noticed that, after many decades, the Times last week stopped listing the total number of pages in that day's paper under the nameplate on the front page. I waited a few days to see if the dropped page count was an omission or an actual change. Well, the page total has been gone for a week now. Looks official.

For the record, today's Tuesday print paper totals out at 46 pages: 12 in the A section up front, 8 each in the California section and Business, 10 pages in Sports and 8 in the Calendar section. Hard not to notice there is still just one small paid ad in California at the bottom of page 2, plus a house ad. I prefer printed newspapers with fewer ads, so no complaints here. But the lack of ads in California can't be good for the bottom line.

And, yes, the weekday papers now cost $2 on the street.


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