NEW YORK — The New York Times Co. Tuesday agreed to buy the 50 percent stake in the Paris-based International Herald Tribune it does not already own.
The deal ends an 11-year joint ownership of the paper between The Times and The Washington Post Co.
A spokeswoman for the Times said that the company will be paying The Post less than $75 million for the acquisition.
The spokeswoman also said that The Times does not expect changes in the staff of the 340-person IHT, contrary to a report in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal that indicated The Times might seek to convert it into an international edition of The Times.
The IHT has a circulation of 264,000 and has expanded its readership by 25 percent in the last two years, although advertising has dropped as a result of the downturn in global financial industries and reduced travel since Sept. 11, 2001.
The purchase comes at a time when The Times Co. is rapidly expanding its scope. The company currently publishes 16 newspapers, including The Boston Globe; owns eight network-affiliated television stations, andrecently invested $100 million with Discovery Communications to launch a cable television offshoot of the Discovery Channel called Discovery Civilization Channel.
Also in Times news, the company announced Tuesday that the Arts & Leisure desk would switch editors. Steven Erlanger, the paper’s Berlin bureau chief, will take over as cultural news editor. He replaces John Darnton, who will become associate editor for special projects. The move was yet another major change by the paper’s new executive editor Howell Raines, who has been making aggressive staff moves at The Times since he took over in 2001.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)