Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Teen People, the magazine, is dead. Despite a healthy subscriber base, the magazine was killed Tuesday by Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner.

TeenPeople.com lives on, for now. Forbes has the rest of the obit:
"We're looking at…what makes sense for the Time Inc. portfolio," spokeswoman Ali Zelenko said. "We decided it made sense for this brand to live on on the Web."

The move echoes similar moves elsewhere among teen-oriented titles. Hachette Filipacchi Media shuttered ELLEgirl magazine with its June/July issue, although it is continuing to operate the Web site www.ELLEgirl.com.

In October 2004, Conde Nast Publications purchased the assets of teen-oriented YM and closed the magazine, although it kept alive YM.com.

Subscribers of YM magazine were switched to Conde Nast's Teen Vogue. As a result, Teen Vogue saw its total paid circulation surge 142% in 2005 to 1.41 million, according to the Magazine Publishers of America. Total paid circulation for Teen People, which began publishing in January 1998, slipped 0.7% last year to 1.53 million.

Ending publication of Teen People will affect about 50 employees, some of whom have already found jobs elsewhere at Time Inc., Zelenko said.

The closing of Teen People follows Time Inc.'s elimination of 105 management jobs in December, and its announcement in January that it planned to cut about 100 more jobs.
Guess that offer to try Teen People isn't so risk-free after all.


Anonymous said...

Peaked the mindless fascination with celebrity has?

Much about this I like.

Give me reason to hope it does.

Anonymous said...

Oh Go Chase Your Tail, Yoda!!! I miss when the late Gloria Stavers ran 16. I loved the covers with the little cartoon bodies and giant photo heads of Mick Jagger, Paul Macartney, David MaCallum and Bobby Sherman.

My fear is some stupid right-wing nut will come up with a magazine full of who they think teenagers should like. It would be filled with pinups of Bill O'Rilley, Roy Blunt and John Ashcroft. Articles would include "Rush Limbaugh says I cry at night because girls hate me" and "I wish people wouldn't make fun of me" by Vincent David John Jacob Jingle Himerschmit Shotenkirk Shimmy Shimmy Ko-ko Bop Ramma Lama Ding Dong Do Wah Diddy Diddy Gidyup Ooomp Pompa Oooomp Pompa Mow Mow Hiyo Silver Away Banana Fanna Fo Fanna De Doo Doo Doo De Da Da Da (That's all I want to say to you)Gabba Gabba Hey Gabba Hey (Now you're one of us) two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun, Itsy Bittsy Tiny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Jericho Joiner-Kersee Sammy Davis Junior. Desdinova the Eternal Light

Anonymous said...

Girsl hate Rush Limbaugh? Then why does he need illegal Viagra?

Anonymous said...

For the paid-for boys, anon?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Rush would fit in with other 16 folks as Tab Hunter, Dick Chamberlin, Elton John, Boy George and Lance Bass. Desdinova The Eternal Light.

Anonymous said...

Who knew all the stuff I missed by not reading blogs sooner? I'm getting quite the education now :-)