Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bye bye back page

The Globe today reports this tidbit, in the midst of a James Adams article about the relaunch gala coming up for Maclean's: the back page column, a staple of the magazine for years, is moving inside as part of the radical new design to be unveiled at the Garth Drabinsky (who dat?) extravaganza on November 15. Paul Wells may have hinted at something to this effect in his blog the other day:

Le Monde is relaunching on Monday. What the heck, everyone's doing it. You might even be surprised by what you find much closer to home, say a week later.

We wonder whether this a pleasant surprise for Wells, who was lured over to Maclean's from the National Post by the prestigious bully pulpit the back page provided. No word on what's in its place in a page that has traditionally been an anchor in many magazines.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only unpleasant surprise was seeing it in the Globe; I'd hoped we could keep it under our hat. I like surprises.

The move was suggested to me and I was given full veto power. If I'd preferred, I'd have stayed on the back page. But moving the column sends a pretty strong message: we're going to be doing things differently at Maclean's. The new back-page feature will be appropriate, and if I have anything to say about it, it will be a surprise.

2:27 pm  

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