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Another Magazine Death: Time Inc.’s Southern Accents Shuttered

southern.pngTime Inc. announced today that the upcoming September/October issue of Southern Accents will be the magazine’s last. Its Web site, SouthernAccents.com, will still operate, the company said.

Time Inc. subsidiary Southern Progress Corp. purchased Southern Accents in 1985. The 32-year-old magazine was published six times a year. A rep for Southern Accents told FishbowlNY that 20 people would be affected by the magazine’s closure, although she wasn’t sure whether they would be let go or retained in some way. “The company is going to make every effort to retain the employees,” she added.

Southern Accents is an elegant, sophisticated brand that has resonated with its devoted readers for many years,” said Sylvia Auton, the Time Inc. executive VP who oversees the Lifestyle Group. “However, in this difficult economy, we need to focus our energy, resources and investment on our biggest and most profitable brands, so we had to make this difficult decision.”

Southern Progress, which also publishes titles like Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health and Coastal Living, has gone through some tough cost cutting in recent months, with several staffers getting the axe.

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Former Top Editor Blasts Time Inc. Layoffs, Conde Loses the Town Car

20060124condetowncar.jpgIt’s getting ugly out there in layoff land. Former Time Inc. top editor Susan Haynes — she was at Coastal Living for many years — penned a particularly vitriolic email to the London-based Executive Vice President Sylvia Auton this week. Auton is head of Time Inc.’s lifestyle group and therefore in charge of the layoffs (from a distance) at the hard hit Southern Progress division. Per the email:

I don’t know what Time Inc.’s master plan is — or if you even have one, but from any standpoint, business or otherwise, Time Inc. is demonstrating shockingly shortsighted and reprehensible behavior…I had an opportunity to leave. . . of my own volition and choice. Now, like so many in the community of Birmingham, Alabama, I watch in horror and disgust as Time Inc. conducts its endless bloodbath at my former company.

Snap! She goes on to point out that “Of course, I see [the memos], despite the fact that I am no longer a Time Inc. employee. They are being forwarded around the world with a smirk and a gasp.” We suspect this is just the begining of this sort of public (read: leaked) exchange. Not surprisingly Time Inc. head Ann Moore says it’s painful for everyone, etc. Meanwhile Keith Kelly is also reporting that the Conde folks are feeling the crunch (sort of).

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