RRD never printed TV guide. They bid, but were never good enough to print even in old format. QW although not perfect, but made it happened. No secret that TVG in the old format was hading into the hole week by week, cutting corners whenever it was possible. New format is an attempt to copy of star did over a year ago, reinventing itself from a tabloid to US / People competitor. Big turnaround if you ask me. If there is any chance that this may work, they should fire idiots who ran this magazine into the ground, in every department. This is their last big push before they decease.
QW would never have printed as much as ONE page of TV Guide. World Color locked up that business. QW "bought" that account with the World Color acquisition, and if a French-Canadian as much as set foot in Radnor PA, RRD would probably be printing it within a week.
In fact, its one of the few larger accounts RRD has not YET taken from QW. But the clock is ticking on their contract.