Last pink Observer to be published in March

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The New York Observer's radical redesign, first reported by Capital, is now scheduled to debut in late March.

The makeover was originally scheduled to debut next month, but sources familiar with the plans told us it's been pushed back. It involves reverting to tabloid format from broadsheet and ditching the distinct salmon-colored paper the Observer's been printed on since it was founded in 1987.

Management also is still considering whether the cover will be printed on glossy or standard newspaper stock, our sources said.

The editorial staff got a first look at the proposed redesign yesterday afternoon. Editor-in-chief Ken Kurson told the newsroom that nothing is set in stone, though he confirmed that the new Observer will not be pink, a person who was present told Capital.

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Kurson also preached about the importance of the Observer's website and the value of Drudge pickups, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting.

A spokesperson for the Observer did not have a comment on the redesign plans.