Time Out (magazine)
Patti Smith on the cover of Time Out New York, 1998
|Type||newsstand or subscription-based magazine|
|Language||English and many local languages|
Time Out, which calls itself "the world's living guide", is a listing magazine published weekly by Time Out company in several cities worldwide. It was founded by Tony Elliott. The magazine contains information for its city of publication about events in film, theatre, fashion, literature, other artistic events, eating out and nights out. As of 2012[update] 60 editions were published in several languages. The magazine also includes articles.
The original Time Out magazine, with listings for London, was first published in 1968 by Tony Elliott with Bob Harris as co-editor. Early issues had a print run of around 5,000. It began as an alternative magazine alongside other members of the underground press in the UK, but by 1980 it had abandoned its original collective decision-making structure and its commitment to equal pay for all its workers, leading to the foundation of a competing magazine by former staffers, City Limits. By now its former radicalism has all but vanished. As one example of its early editorial stance, in 1976 London's Time Out published the names of 60 purported CIA agents stationed in England.
Many publications are in English. Weekly city guides are in local languages.
The London edition was sold at a price that had increased to £2.99 per week in 2009. It had a circulation of 86,000 copies and a readership of 374,000 in January-June 2003, down from a record high of 110,496 in January-June 1995. In September 2012 it became free, handed out at central London stations, and received its first official ABC Certificate for October 2012 showing distribution of over 305,000 copies per week.
The Mexico City edition was issued from November 2003 to early 2007 along with Chilango magazine, but was replaced by the magazine's own events guide, called Guía Chilango. In May 2012 Time Out Mexico was launched.
While the London edition is solely owned by the Time Out Group, other editions are partly or wholly owned by other entities. For instance, the ownership of a Chicago edition of the magazine that launched in March 2005 was split 50-50 between the group and Joe Mansueto.
Founder Tony Elliott said in an interview that he wanted to expand in the US to Los Angeles and San Francisco once the Chicago venture had been fully launched. Other editions are not owned by the Time Out Group – for instance Time Out Mumbai is operated by a publisher licensing the Time Out brand. Some critics in the financial press have questioned whether this business model has allowed the Time Out brand to expand as quickly as it might have.
Currently published editions
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- Abu Dhabi
- Buenos Aires
- Cape Town
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
- São Paulo
- St Petersburg
- Tel Aviv
- Old Grey Whistle Test DVD Vol 3; Bob Harris speaking before Track 3
- Reynolds, John, "Moving Beyond its City Limits", Marketing Week, 6 December 2007.
- Phillips, A. (2007). "The Alternative Press". In K. Coyer, T. Dowmunt & A. Fountain (eds.), The Alternative Media Handbook (p. 54). London; New York: Routledge.
- Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 51. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
- Free Time Out hits three-month circulation target in first month