Why did Sidney Harman buy Newsweek?
“Well, in the first place, it was available,” the 92 year-old businessman told Diane.
“One of the beauties of reaching this ancient age is that you don’t stumble a great deal before deciding something is worth saving. My initial instinct, with respect to Newsweek, was that it was bloody well worth saving.”
Given the considerable debt Harman has taken on in purchasing the magazine, Diane asked Tina Brown about the challenges of keeping costs down.
“Actually, I’ve always lived within a budget,” said Brown (who was formerly editor-in-chief at both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker). At Newsweek, Brown said,”the cost had spiraled out of control simply because of the old structures that had been left in place…it was doing things in a way that no longer applied to the modern world.”
Several viewers sent in questions wondering if Brown was planning on increasing Newsweek’s celebrity coverage. Brown said that although this week’s cover features Kate Middleton, Prince William’s bride-to-be, Newsweek is primarily a news-focused magazine.
“Every seriously fulfilled life I have encountered in real time of in literature is on examination a balance between the serious and the seductive,” Harman added. “The beauty of this combination is that The Daily Beast speaks the language and the tempo of its audience.Newsweek speaks the language and tempo of its. That’s what makes for one hell of a combination.”