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The New York Times International Edition
The New York Times International Edition (8 August 2017)
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The New York Times Company
PublisherA. G. Sulzberger
Executive editorAlison Smale
Political alignmentNone
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Several international offices
Sister newspapersThe New York Times
OCLC number1156021026 Edit this at Wikidata
Front page of the International New York Times of October 15, 2013, the first to be issued under this name before being integrated into The New York Times International Edition in October 2016

The New York Times International Edition is an English-language daily newspaper distributed internationally by the New York Times Company. It has been published in two separate periods, one from 1943 to 1967 and one from 2013 to the present.

First incarnation

Overseas Weekly

The history of the international edition of the New York Times began in June 1943, following a visit by Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger to Tehran, where he met with Brigadier General Donald H. Connolly of the Persian Gulf Service Command, who were in charge of moving Allied supplies to the Soviet Union via the Persian Corridor.[1] Morale among the U.S. troops there was low, due to the difficult climate, unrewarding tasks, and isolation away from any of the combat fronts.[1] Accordingly, Sulzberger decided to make an edition of the Times that could keep the troops informed and give them more awareness of how their efforts fit into the overall war effort.[1] That product, the eight-page tabloid-sized Overseas Weekly edition,[2] was a condensed version of the existing Sunday paper's News of the Week in Review section; it premiered in an edition dated August 22, 1943, but not available in Tehran until September 9.[1]

The edition was popular and soon spread, and at its height during the war the Overseas Weekly was being printed in more than twenty locations around the globe.[3] After the war, publication of the Overseas Weekly was limited to Frankfurt and Tokyo,[3] where U.S. occupation forces were, with printing being done at the facilities of the Frankfurter Zeitung and the Asahi Shimbun respectively.[1]

United Nations Edition and International Air Edition

During the third session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was held in Paris from September 21 to December 12, 1948, the Times created a United Nations Edition of the paper, which was flown to Paris each day.[3]

This edition received a favorable reception, and beginning on December 11, 1948, the Times began its International Air Edition.[3] Initially it consisted of 10–12 pages that were printed in whole in the United States and then flown to Europe, but in June 1949 the production process was changed so that only cardboard mats were flown over and the actual printing took place in Paris.[3] The edition focused on U.S. national and international news and generally omitted New York area news and sports coverage.[2]

As part of the June 1949 changes, the Overseas Weekly ended with a final issue on June 19, 1949, after which it was folded into the Sunday edition of the International Air Edition.[3]

In 1952, production of the international edition was shifted from Paris to Amsterdam, as part of minimizing transportation costs.[2]

International edition

In 1960, advances in teletypesetting allowed simultaneous printing of papers in New York and Europe; in conjunction with this, the international edition moved back to Paris.[2] It was called the International Edition of The New York Times.[4] The Times organization hoped to compete with the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune, which was also based in Paris and had a long, established history.[5] Accordingly, the Times gave their publication a much larger budget for promotion than the Paris Herald Tribune had, and circulation improved somewhat.[5]

Beginning in 1964, editorial control for the international edition shifted to Paris itself, and some independent reporting was being done out of that office.[2] It was published on the Rue d'Aboukir in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.[2]

The New York Times had money-losing operations in maintaining both a Western U.S. edition and its International Edition.[6] In January 1964, the paper announced that it was dropping its Western edition for financial reasons, but would keep on with the international one and move to a more streamlined production process for it.[4] By then, the International Edition of The New York Times had a circulation of some 32,000, but attracted little advertising.[6] As a commercial proposition it was inferior to the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune, which had a circulation of almost 50,000 and more advertising in it.[6]

While the International Edition grew somewhat, it was still losing money and was not competitive with the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune,[2] which was generally considered a stronger publication.[7] Indeed, the international edition was losing $2 million a year,[5] and had lost some $10 million since its creation under that title in 1949.[7] The new Times publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, decided to give up on it, and instead join forces with the Washington Post for a continuation of the European edition of the Herald Tribune.[7]

The final issue of the first incarnation of the New York Times international edition came out on May 20, 1967.[8] The over 100 people working on it were laid off.[2]

International Herald Tribune

In 1967, The New York Times joined The Washington Post along with Whitney Communications to publish the International Herald Tribune in Paris.[9]

In December 2002, The New York Times Company purchased the 50% stake owned by The Washington Post Company and the paper retained the name International Herald Tribune.

Second incarnation

Change of name, closing of offices

The International New York Times on a branded newsstand in Hong Kong, 11 March 2016

In 2013, the New York Times Company announced that the International Herald Tribune was being renamed The International New York Times.[10]

On October 14, 2013, the International Herald Tribune appeared on newsstands for the last time and ceased publication.[11][12]

In October 2016, the NYT's international edition was renamed The New York Times International Edition.[13]

In Autumn 2016, the Paris newsroom, which had been the headquarters for editing and preproduction operations of the paper's international edition, was closed, although a news bureau and an advertising office remained.[14][11]

The New York Times International Weekly

Besides the daily edition, a weekly 16-page edition is published as The New York Times International Weekly featuring the best of New York Times articles for a week. Designed to complement and extend local reporting, it offers readers globally resonant coverage of ideas and trends, business and politics, science and lifestyles and more. Host papers can monetize the NYT International Weekly through built-in advertising space, sponsorship and other opportunities to generate revenue.[15]

Defunct newspapers

The Paris Herald

Main article: New York Herald § European edition

The Paris Herald was founded on 4 October 1887 as the European edition of the New York Herald by the parent paper's owner, James Gordon Bennett, Jr.[16][17]

Paris Herald Tribune

Main article: New York Herald Tribune § European edition

After the death of Bennett in 1918, Frank Munsey bought the New York Herald and the Paris Herald. Munsey sold the Herald newspapers in 1924 to Ogden Mills Reid of the New-York Tribune, thus creating the New York Herald Tribune, while the European edition became the Paris Herald Tribune.

In 1934, the Paris paper acquired its main competitor: the European Edition of the Chicago Tribune.[18]

In 1959, John Hay Whitney, a businessman and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, bought the New York Herald Tribune and its European edition. In 1966, the New York Herald Tribune was merged into the short-lived New York World Journal Tribune and ceased publication, but the Whitney family kept the Paris paper going through partnerships. In December 1966 The Washington Post became a joint owner.

International Herald Tribune

Main article: International Herald Tribune

The New York Times became a joint owner of the Paris Herald Tribune in May 1967, whereupon the newspaper became known as the International Herald Tribune (IHT).[16]

In 1991, The Washington Post and The New York Times became sole and equal shareholders of the International Herald Tribune.

The Washington Post subsequently sold its stake in the International Herald Tribune.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dunlap, David W. (April 28, 2016). "Looking Back: 1967: Changes in Paris". The New York Times (Times Insider).
  3. ^ a b c d e f "The Times to Print International Edition In Paris, Using Mats Flown From This City". The New York Times. June 18, 1949. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b "Times to Drop Western Edition Jan. 24 for Economic Reasons". The New York Times. January 17, 1964. pp. 1, 40.
  5. ^ a b c Richard Reeves, "The Paris Tribune at One Hundred", American Heritage Magazine, November 1987. Volume 38, Issue 7.
  6. ^ a b c Kluger, Richard (1986). The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 696, 737. ISBN 0-394-50877-7. OCLC 13643103.
  7. ^ a b c Talese, Gay (1969). The Kingdom and th Power. New York and Cleveland: New American Library and World Publishing Company. pp. 425, 457.
  8. ^ "New Herald Tribune Makes Paris Debut Merged With Times". The New York Times. May 23, 1967. p. 94.
  9. ^ Cody, Edward (October 3, 1987). "Le Centennial". Washington Post.
  10. ^ Greenslade, Roy (11 October 2016). "The New York Times introduces its new 'International Edition'". the Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  11. ^ a b "International New York Times closes in Paris". 29 September 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Post to Sell Stake In Herald Tribune". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  13. ^ "NEWS: New York Times Closing its Paris-Based Editing Offices, Ending a Journalism Era". The National Book Review. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  14. ^ Bond, Shannon; Thomson, Adam (April 26, 2016). "New York Times to shut Paris HQ of international edition". Financial Times. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "The New York Times International Weekly". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  16. ^ a b "History". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on March 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-04. Entrepreneur James Gordon Bennett Jr. founded the New York Herald's European edition in 1887. Cosmopolitan and innovative, Bennett was the embodiment of an international spirit that thrived through changes of ownership and name until the newspaper became the International Herald Tribune in 1967.
  17. ^ James L. Crouthamel (1989). Bennett's New York Herald and the Rise of the Popular Press. Syracuse University Press.
  18. ^ Weber, Ronald (2006). News of Paris : American journalists in the city of light between the wars. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. ISBN 1-56663-676-0. OCLC 61262361.