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Participants
Harlan Toplitzky Vice President of Investor Relations
Mark Thompson President and Chief Executive Officer
Roland Caputo Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Meredith Kopit Levien Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
John Belton Evercore ISI
Alexia Quadrani J.P. Morgan
Vasily Karasyov Cannonball Research
Doug Arthur Huber Research Partners
Craig Huber Huber Research Partners
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to The New York Times Company's First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode [Operator Instructions] After today's presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Harlan Toplitzky, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Harlan Toplitzky

to conference York call. welcome quarter Company's and earnings XXXX you The Times New first Thank

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results to Before the call this course like that could materially. will remind actual differ we begin, I make management of and you would Forward-Looking during our Statements

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Mark Thompson

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that, over with will And it I to turn Roland.

Roland Caputo

everyone. good morning, And Meredith. you, Thank

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Operator

Evercore. comes The first John Please of go from ahead. [Operator Instructions] Belton question

John Belton

Thanks to subscriber you everyone. wanted the Good seeing. bit morning. talk just little a are about I more trends

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Meredith Kopit Levien

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Mark Thompson

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John Belton

much. Got it. Thank very you

Operator

Please The comes go Alexia from ahead. of JPMorgan. next Quadrani question

Alexia Quadrani

hope Good well. Thank you. morning. is safe and I everybody

Mark Thompson

you Thank Alexia.

Alexia Quadrani

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Mark Thompson

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Meredith Kopit Levien

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Alexia Quadrani

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Meredith Kopit Levien

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Alexia Quadrani

was that you. you. helpful. Thank Thank very

Mark Thompson

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Alexia Quadrani

Thank you.

Operator

ahead. Karasyov comes next The Research. go question Cannonball Please of from Vasily

Vasily Karasyov

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Mark Thompson

Thank you Vasily.

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Roland Caputo

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Operator

Research next The ahead. Partners. Doug comes of question Huber from Please go Arthur

Doug Arthur

questions. Two thanks. Yes

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Mark Thompson

you question. do to that want answer Meredith, Okay.

Meredith Kopit Levien

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Roland Caputo

well. And coast Doug a you had as on question

Doug Arthur

Yes.

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Roland Caputo

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Doug Arthur

you thank Okay, much. very

Operator

of The Please next go question comes Huber Partners. Huber from Research Craig ahead.

Craig Huber

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Mark Thompson

take you don't why this one. Meredith,

Meredith Kopit Levien

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Mark Thompson

as modeling, unique number, this briefly, some to in Indian numbers Times a comScore I in remarks, March. as really would her in people the suggest and the to I Meredith million just add I striking. U.S. got Craig XXX in the our are own mentioned we came mean said, of

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think I encouraging. very So

Craig Huber

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your plus you mind just advertising copy are eventually don't, right company volume don't conjunction think the here accelerate to print are potentially in a on for environment numbers paper. the printing, you I to the Does down print that are to hard you advertising long-term, here? XX% shutdown your product And side this know this seeing digital but guys you of move only When side that make you now with in now. to the I about positioned call, want focus main

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Mark Thompson

substantively, I’m let going off our to years just we print saying, of by and but of it. successful profitable product me ask many, Roland believe start got a this ahead to life many has address that

Our know, big we focus, principal strategic is love offering business, you visual as a building but products.

during it crisis. demands, print seen as many corona the in encouraging said, fresh virus have actually, So we very very, do the Roland is signs subscribers, terms product ways in it is, of

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Roland Caputo

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sufficient we to is a continue there as print product, be have long to will as we so generative. and And will cash continue and demand,

Meredith Kopit Levien

that a the that into only there testament home to we still engaged launching customer product. and in value innovation is and that our of there new is and section belief our high still very add print will deeply put think to is of lots a I to imagination

So to our to come there value audience. of more real we think still terms delivering there in is

Craig Huber

a If I here. could just question ask

for the in the quarters. second month anything assume when materially the Your in is different of for saw month April? Does advertising that outlook June of you

Meredith Kopit Levien

and on Roland think I say, about may what remarks take me in our would you think answer. But behind would for business come our a I sharper as give is advertising ready you about to I see put context them much And the described. that and as in generally as applied. say. generally And that we and macroeconomic the you then are think I trends -

Craig Huber

Thank you.

Operator

go question comes The Kannan Barclays. ahead. Please next of from Venkateshwar

Unidentified Analyst

for questions. two have This I you. Kannan. on (Ph) [Calvin] is Thank

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Mark Thompson

don’t Thank why take you Thanks Roland Calvin. you. this.

Roland Caputo

Yes.

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dollar to bit little Meredith Maybe about the wants talk promotion are week a we and managing that. how and

Meredith Kopit Levien

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Operator

and to This session. like turn conference for concludes our remarks. the to answer I closing question over would any Harlan Toplitzky back

Harlan Toplitzky

us to for talking We joining you forward again look to you quarter. next Thank this morning.

Operator

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