Boston magazine has fired its editor and imposed additional staff cuts and furloughs today.
The magazine’s editor, James Burnett, is out, replaced by Minnesota Monthly editor Andrew Putz, the magazine’s owner, Metrocorp, announced today. Putz will come on board on July 22 — Metrocorp editorial director Larry Platt will serve as editor until then.
Additionally, Paul Reulbach, who served as publisher of Boston magazine from 2003 until 2007, will be returning to the post after two years away from the company.
What’s more, Metrocorp said the appointments of Putz, Reulbach and a new creative director were “part of an organizational restructuring at the magazine,” which includes the elimination of six other positions across the board. (Jeff Bercovici says three editorial and design staffers and two from the business side were let go.) Employees will also be required to take one-week furloughs.
“We want to be well-positioned when the economy rebounds,” said Metrocorp’s chairman Herb Lipson. “The best way to do that is to strengthen the quality of the magazine. At the same time, we have to face economic realities and it is always painful to eliminate positions.”
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