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As Oprah Makes Departure Plans, O Readies For 10th Anniversary

o magazine.jpgWhen Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show leaves broadcast television in 2011, the magazine that bears her name, Hearst‘s O, The Oprah Magazine will lose an important cross-promotional tool. But, the media company is not worried about that just yet, instead focusing on planning that’s already underway for events tied to the magazine’s tenth anniversary next May, WWD reports.

What’s more, Keith Kelly believes a redesign will accompany the anniversary for the magazine. However, a spokesperson for the magazine told FishbowlNY:

“[Editor-in-chief] Susan Casey and her new team are making subtle changes to the magazine’s design, and while there will be more changes to come in the 10th anniversary year, it is too early to discuss them at this point.”

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O Hires A Bunch Of New Editors

o mag.jpgO, The Oprah Magazine has announced several new hires, filling out the editorial department under new editor-in-chief Susan Casey.

Among the new hires are former Marie Claire executive editor Lucy Kaylin, who has been named deputy editor; Patrick Mitchell, who is taking the role of design director; former Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson, who has been named books director; former Prevention senior editor Tyler Graham, who will be health and environment editor and Jennifer Rainey Marquez, formerly of Women’s Health, who will take on the role of senior editor.

“As we prepare for O’s tenth anniversary year in 2010, I couldn’t be more pleased that Lucy, Patrick, Sara, Tyler and Jennifer are joining our team,” said Casey, who joined the magazine earlier this summer. “They all come to the magazine with incredible talent and experience in their respective areas and I’m confident they will be a great asset to O as we move into our next phase of growth.”

O also named Dr. Mehmet Oz a contributing editor. He will write a regular health column for the magazine starting with the October issue. The magazine also said that features director Pat Towers will be retiring this month, although she will continue to work on special projects for the magazine.

And in other Oprah Winfrey news, Sirius XM has announced the launch of Winfrey’s exclusive 24/7 Sirius XM radio station. Starting on Monday, episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will now be broadcast on satellite radio the morning after they air in syndication on TV. The channel will also replay classic “Oprah Show” episodes as well as shows hosted by Gayle King, Dr. Oz, Maya Angelou and sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman.

After the jump, the full release about the O hires, as well as longer bios.

Earlier: Two Magazines Lose Top Talent After Short Tenures

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Boston Magazine Gets New Editor, Publisher, Layoffs And Furloughs

boston.pngBoston 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.

Once Putz is in place, he will appoint a new creative director — presumably replacing current creative director Patrick Mitchell.

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.”

If you have any info about who is out as Boston magazine, or just want to complain about it, tell us all about it in the comments.

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