"Martha has been the face of this company and we love that. But it was important for us to begin growing a new group of expert personalities. They're coming from all over the company at this point, not just from our core group but from our tech groups. We've got two dozen people doing regular programming for us.
"At some point, Martha Stewart Living will reach maturity. To continue growing that segment, we'll have to keep bringing on magazines that continue that growth."
Stephen M. Lacy, Meredith Corp.'s president-chief operating officer, at the UBS Global Media Conference, upon revealing the Audit Bureau of Circulations will revise the official circulation figures of Family Circle, Child and Parents, titles Meredith acquired this year, downward for the last half of 2003 to show that none met the levels that previous owner Gruner & Jahr had promised advertisers: "Any liability prior to June 30, 2005, is the financial responsibility of Gruner & Jahr."
Dennis FitzSimons, chairman, president and CEO, Tribune Co., at Credit Suisse First Boston Media Week: "Our focus on cost management will enable us to redeploy our resources. Our tradition of journalistic excellence isn't going to change."
MoveOn.org Media Action protestor who took the microphone to address employee layoffs during the Tribune Co. presentation at the Credit Suisse First Boston Media Week:
"Since the Tribune publishing division has had a profit this year of $585.9 million [in the first three quarters], many of us are wondering why you're cutting the ability to deliver the news that consumers want."
Contributing: Abbey Klassen, Nat Ives, Kris Oser