Ma'ariv to become freesheet, drop business supplement

Under the new owner's vision, the newspaper's business and magazine supplements will become part of the news pages.

Sources inform ''Globes'' that the new controlling shareholder of Hebrew daily "Ma'ariv", Zaki Rakib, plans to abolish within weeks its Business and Magazine supplements, which will become part of the news pages. The measures were planned a long time ago, and are part of the recently completed redesign of the paper, which will be launched in its new format in a few days..

"Ma'ariv's" Sports and Style supplements will remain as separate supplements.

The sources said that the measures were the first steps toward a general restructuring, which will emphasize the paper's weekend edition over its daily edition. The daily edition will be distributed for free, and could be eliminated altogether in favor of the paper's website nrg and planned tablet edition as part of a transition to the new media world. The paper's news desk and nrg have already been fully consolidated under news editor Neta Livneh, and the paper's correspondents have been ordered to write for the joint platform.

The consolidation already carried out included the firing of several employees, and the upcoming consolidation will reportedly involve more layoffs.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on January 30, 2011

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