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Meredith to Fold Ladies’ Home Journal [Updated]

Another magazine is biting the dust: Meredith is folding Ladies’ Home Journal.

Ladies’ Home Journal hasn’t been doing well lately. The cracks started to appear in 2012, when it announced an odd plan to have a majority of its content created by readers. On the business side, things haven’t been any better. Ad pages have been on the decline for years, and were down 22 percent during the first quarter of this year.

Even though the signs were all there, this is still unfortunate. You might not think Ladies’ Home Journal was that important, but consider this: It had been around since 1883. It’s sad to see such a long-lasting magazine disappear.

We’ve reached out to Meredith for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.

Update (1:22 pm):
Just heard back from Meredith. The company plans to continue publishing LHJ, but reduce it to a quarterly, newsstand-only publication.

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Atlantic Media Promotes Two, Glamour Names Fashion News Director

A few moves to note today, involving Atlantic Media and Glamour. Details are below.

  • Atlantic Media has named Constance Sayers Witherspoon president of Government Executive Media Group and Tom Shoop executive vice president and editor-in-chief. Government Executive Media Group is a business-to-business brand, which operates sites such as Defense One and Nextgov.com.
  • Jane Keltner de Valle has been named Glamour’s fashion news director, a new role at the magazine. She comes to Glamour from Teen Vogue, where she served as senior fashion news director.

Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Entertainment Weekly taking on New York. EW went with a cover featuring select members of Orange is The New Black’s cast. We chose this cover because OINTB is a fantastic show; much better than House of Cards. Sorry everyone who disagrees! Maybe you’ll be right about something else one day.

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Condé Nast Insisting They Still Feel Lucky

Per a quick follow-up item from Women’s Wear Daily media editor Alexandra Steigrad, the folks in charge at both Lucky magazine and Condé Nast are aggressively denying a Wednesday Page Six report that the magazine is about to be shelved.

The WWD-obtained notes by Lucky EIC Eva Chen, her publisher and Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend all bang the reassurance drum, hard. Here for example is part of what Chen had to say:

Lucky‘s May issue was up nearly 20 percent and, for February through May, the publication is up two percent in paging, the editor said, explaining that they outpaced the competition, which logged a 6.2 percent decline in May and a 4.2 percent dip in the four-month period. Chen also noted that Lucky is up three percent in subscriptions from December of last year over December 2012.

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Record 41 Women Featured on Time 100 Most Influential List

The latest installment of Time’s annual 100 Most Influential list features more women than ever before. That’s… Something! Women still don’t make as much as men, but there’s more of them on a meaningless list now than there was in the past, so you know, baby steps. Very small, almost unnoticeable, baby steps.

Some of the women who made this year’s cut: Kerry Washington, Megyn Kelly, Amy AdamsAngela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jenji Kohan and Janet Yellen.

“The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle,” said Time’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, of the list. “Power is a tool, influence is a skill. If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”

Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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NY Times Reports Increases in Ad Revenue and Circulation

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times Company announced its first quarter earnings this morning, and at least for the first three months of the year, things have been going well. The company reported that total revenue increased by 2.6 percent compared to last year, and both print and digital ad revenue were up.

Digital circulation is also up. The Times now has about 799,000 digital-only subscribers, which is pretty impressive. Some of this bump could be credited to NYT Now and Times Premier, the digital products the company launched earlier this month. While the Times wouldn’t comment on how many people are using either one, Mark Thompson, the Times’ CEO, cited NYT Now as “being embraced by the market.”

Despite the good news, everyone at the Times understands there are always rough waters ahead. ”We are certainly not claiming victory in advertising yet; we expect continued month-to-month volatility and recognize that we will face some significantly tougher year-on-year comparisons as the year goes on,” explained Thompson, in a statement.

Brooklyn Author Spins Off ‘Parenting Confessional’ Tumblr

ParentingConfessionalDNAInfo Brooklyn reporter Nikhita Venugopal has additional details about Parenting Confessional, the “place to share what you wouldn’t dare say to your playgroup.” As the front page of the Tumblr page reminds, the site is a clever, advance way devised by author Julia Fierro and her publisher to drum up buzz for the forthcoming Cutting Teeth:

“It’s hard for me to imagine any parent that doesn’t have a moment of doubt or self-scrutiny,” the author said.

While some posts are funny (“I ate the cookie dough meant for my son’s class party. And then I blamed it on the babysitter”) or inspirational (“I think my body looks better after childbirth. Take that, world!”), others reveal deeper feelings many parents often keep to themselves, Fierro said.

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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime (LostRemote)
Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, the two companies announced Wednesday. Variety Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it covers only the U.S. Under the agreement, Amazon has exclusive SVOD rights for select HBO programming and will make the first wave of it available to Prime subscribers beginning May 21. That includes full seasons of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as miniseries like Band of Brothers and John Adams. GigaOM Some of HBO’s newer shows will also be available, with a substantial delay: “Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.” In addition, Amazon said that it will add HBO Go to its recently launched streaming video box, Fire TV — “targeting a launch by year-end.” New York Post HBO’s coveted content has long been kept beyond reach of outside content bundles like Amazon and Netflix, and only available to subscribers. Amazon’s win will surely be viewed as a loss for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who still dominates the bundled streaming space, but who also recently announced a price increase for new subscribers. Amazon also increased its prices, but is also seeking to expand its customer base with Fire TV. THR Amazon Prime also has exclusive online-only subscription deals for PBS’ Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, CBS’ Under The Dome and upcoming Halle Berry-headlined miniseries Extant as well as 24, Veronica Mars, Orphan Black, The Americans and Justified. But it has had less success with its own original series; neither Alpha House nor Betas has achieved the pop culture significance of Netflix’s Kevin Spacey drama House of Cards.

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