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Guide to the Time Inc. TV-Cable Week Publishing and Business Records: Publisher Christopher Meigher Files
1981-1983, 1990
 MS 3009-RG 49

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. TV-Cable Week Publishing and Business Records: Publisher Christopher Meigher Files
Dates [inclusive]: 1981-1983, 1990
Abstract: This collection contains records from publisher Christopher Meigher regarding TV-Cable Week, a short-lived Time Inc. cable television listings magazine.
Quantity: 1 Linear feet in 1 record carton
Location: These materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take up to (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 49
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Historical Note

TV-Cable Week (TVCW) was a short-lived Time Inc. cable television listings magazine published from April to September of 1983. The idea began in 1979 when Time Inc. created the HBO Task Force to study the expansion of the HBO Program Guides. By 1982 after presentations to the Time Inc. Management Committee then to the Board of Directors, Time Inc. approved the launch and built offices for the magazine in White Plains, NY.

Christopher Meigher was named the publisher in July 1983 after publication began. He had recently served as Director of Corporate Circulation.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains files from publisher Christopher Meigher regarding the cable television listings magazine TV-Cable Week (TVCW). Records include advertising and marketing plans, paste-ups of  Cablemonth, presentations, reports comparing TVCW to its competitors, staff lists, Meigher's notes, budgets and financial analyses, and interoffice correspondence. Of interest are two memoranda; one transmits consumer reactions and the other includes a list of TVCW development milestones. This memorandum is in the Post Mortem file and looks to have been created in preparation to discuss why the magazine failed.

Arrangement

Meigher transferred one box of binders to the archives. His other TVCW files were housed with disparate executive files. The arrangement retains the original groupings with the general office files in the front in alphabetical order and the materials from the binders next in alphabetical order.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files
  • Periodicals -- Publishing.

Subject Organizations

  • Time, inc. -- Archives
  • Time, inc. -- History

Subject Topics

  • American periodicals -- History
  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualified researchers.

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

This record group should be cited as Time Inc. TV-Cable Week Publishing and Business Records: Publisher Christopher Meigher Files, MS 3009-RG 49, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the Time Inc. Records. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the Time Inc. Records (MS 3009). The Henry Luce Papers (MS 3014) were acquired with the Time Inc. Records. The collection of books acquired with the records are cataloged as the Time Inc. Reference Library.

Processing Information

The TV-Cable Week Publishing and Business Records: Publisher Christopher Meigher Files were processed by Holly Deakyne in 2020. The original folders were retained although some documents were transferred to new archival containers in instances of overcrowding. Generic binders were disassembled, the covers not retained, and their contents rehoused. Deakyne created the inventory and other descriptive notes to produce this finding aid.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 1-2 Key Background Information
1983
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 3-4 Post Mortem
1983
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 5-6 Task Force
1981-1983
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 7 Binders: Transfer Form
1990
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 8 Binders: Advertising Plan
1983?
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 9-11 Binders: Cablemonth: "Sunburst" Approach 1-3
1983?
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 12 Binders: Deal Book
1982 November 9
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 13 Binders: "Futures": Proposal for an Automated Database Publishing System
1983 August 1
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 14 Binders: Marketing Plan
1983?
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 15 Binders: Presentation
1983 June 27
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 16 Binders: Publicity
1983
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 17 Binders: TV-Cable Week vs. Competition
1983 February 1
Offsite-Box: 4083 Folder : 18 Binders: TV-Cable Week vs. Other Guides
1983?

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