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Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsOn Tuesday, Keith J. Kelly broke the news that the National Enquirer was relocating its editorial operations to New York City from Boca Raton. And that, according to his sources, the decision to not include editor-in-chief Tony Frost in the migration was payback for a huge, recent mess:

Frost’s ouster comes months after an embarrassing February Enquirer story that falsely claimed the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. Insiders claim the Hoffman story cost Frost his job, but the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., denies there is a connection between the two.

Today, in a subsequent piece by New York Times staff reporter James Barron, the man taking over in Lower Manhattan for Frost – Dylan Howard – reiterates the company line:

Howard denied that the changes had to do with an Enquirer article published after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February…

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National Enquirer and Star Shed Staff

Four reporters have already been downsized as National Enquirer and Star, both owned by American Media Inc. begin to consolidate their staffs. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that left coast-based Star reporters Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark, the Enquirer’s Phil Kim, and one office assistant have already been let go.

American Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy last November, but the company insists that’s not the reason for these recent layoffs.

“It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication,” Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost told WWD. No other cuts are planned at this time.

Previously on FBLA: Bankruptcy on the Horizon for National Enquirer Publisher

National Enquirer And Star Make Staff Cuts

Although the company is steadily climbing out of debt, not everything is sunshine and roses at American Media Inc. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that AMI’s National Enquirer and Star magazine have made cutbacks to their West coast teams and now both titles’ employees will work together under the guidance of New York-based editors.  Among the four total layoffs were three reporters – Star’s Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark and the Enquirer’s Phil Kim.  These reporters will now be able to serve as freelancers.

The two mags will now work together in what Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo has dubbed an “AMI news bureau.”  National Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost provided his rationale for the job cuts:

It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication.

An AMI spokesperson denied that the layoffs had any connection to the publisher’s bankruptcy filings from last November or declining circulation numbers.  No further cutbacks are expected.