R.I.P. The International Herald Tribune

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  02.26.13 | 11:56 AM ET

The venerable newspaper isn’t going away, but it will be getting a name change. The New York Times Company, which owns it, announced Monday that it will change the name of the publication this fall to The International New York Times.

From the New York Times’ story, which quotes IHT publisher Stephen Dunbar-Johnson:

The renamed paper will remain based in Paris, where it was founded 125 years ago as the European edition of The New York Herald, Mr. Dunbar-Johnson said. It will also keep its sizable office in Hong Kong where the Asian edition is edited. Mr. Dunbar-Johnson said there also would be investments in other locations. Until the fall it will continue to be published as The International Herald Tribune.

Some of my best travel memories—especially pre-internet—involve sitting down at a cafe with the International Herald Tribune, catching up on the news and watching the world go by. So the coming name change feels a bit like the end of an era.

Though of course that era—when papers like the IHT were the only source of news from home—came to an end with the rise of smart phone and digital media.

2 Comments for R.I.P. The International Herald Tribune

pam 02.26.13 | 1:30 PM ET

I’m fond of the IHT, like you, I loved picking it up and reading it at cafes and various other places around the world. I bought them at the newsstand in town when I was living overseas and I was always reluctant to recycle them, even after I’d read the little paper cover to cover.

American Visa 03.06.13 | 3:10 AM ET

I don’t think changing the name of IHT is a good idea since a lot of senior citizen already knew that brand for a long time. Anyway I do hope having a new name on their newspaper will have a positive result to their readers.

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