‘Times’ cuts one of its three New York City editions

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The New York Times building. (wallyg via flickr)
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The New York Times has scrapped one of its New York editions, bringing down the number of editions it publishes every weekday from five to four, Capital has learned.

The change went into effect with yesterday's paper, according to an internal memo.

Large print newspapers frequently run and distribute the daily paper in a series of editions, which can allow late-breaking news (and, especially, sports and election results) to reach at least some newsstands by the morning rush. The Times had previously published two national editions and three New York editions daily. The third New York edition is the one that's been eliminated.

This was not a matter of cost-cutting, according to a Times spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy.

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"The decision is one made for efficiency's sake and will have no impact on the quality of the paper and certainly no impact on weekday circulation," she wrote in an email. "It means we won’t run a third edition just for the sake of running a third edition. If news breaks after the second edition deadline, we will run a postscript."

What does it mean for New Yorkers? More coverage of Mets and Yankees games in the morning paper, for one thing, since the deadline of the first New York edition has been pushed back from 10:15 to 10:45 p.m.