James Truman steps down after 11 years as editorial director of Condé Nast (parent of WWD). Tom Wallace, formerly editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler, is named his successor, and Klara Glowczewska is appointed editor in chief of Traveler. Time Inc. editor in chief Norman Pearlstine is inducted into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame, thus initiating the countdown to his retirement. New York magazine loses longtime managing editor Sarah Jewler to leukemia. Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing sues Florida-based subscription agent Publishers Communications Services for more than $10 million, alleging fraud, in the first of the year’s major circulation scandals.
Time Inc. folds Suede, a multicultural fashion magazine, after only four issues. Teen Prom and YM Your Prom magazines inadvertently publish an ad containing an Internet address for a pornographic Web site. Henry Wolf, an influential graphic artist who worked at Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire, dies at 79. Born-again blogger Dawn Eden is fired from The New York Post, officially for blogging on company time, but unofficially for allegedly tampering with a story on in-vitro fertilization. Martha Stewart is released from federal prison in Alderson, W. Va., so that she can serve out the remainder of her sentence under house arrest.
Dan Rather retires after 24 years as anchor of CBS News. Absolute, a luxury magazine for New Yorkers who don’t need to see the price tag, launches. The National Magazine Award nominations are announced and Vanity Fair receives eight. Seventeen editor in chief Atoosa Rubenstein quits the American Society of Magazine Editors rather than comply with guidelines on keeping advertising logos out of editorial pages.
Alessandra Stanley calls Katie Couric a “mercurial diva” in The New York Times. Condé Nast publishes the first issue of Domino, a shopping-shelter magazine. American Media loses a court bid to block publication of “Dishalicious,” a roman à clef by a former Star magazine researcher. Elizabeth Crow, a former editor in chief of Mademoiselle and Parents, dies at 58. The New Yorker wins five national magazine awards, including general excellence; Glamour wins its first general excellence award since 1991, and Vanity Fair is shut out. Sarah Gray Miller resigns as editor in chief of Budget Living, to be replaced, eventually, by Angela Matusik. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are photographed together in Kenya; Us Weekly buys the photos, while Star resorts to a “photo composite” for its cover. American Media launches Celebrity Living; TV Guide launches Inside TV.
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Vanity Fair reveals on its Web site and in its July issue that Mark Felt was Watergate source Deep Throat. Editor in chief Graydon Carter is on his honeymoon with new bride Anna Scott at the time. The list of attendees at their wedding includes Martin Scorcese, Sumner Redstone, Anna Wintour and Robert De Niro. Radar magazine, having shut down in 2003 after only two issues, returns, backed by Mort Zuckerman and Jeffrey Epstein. Meredith buys most of Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing’s magazines for $350 million. “Good Morning America” nips at the heels of “Today,” closing the gap in the ratings race to close to 40,000 viewers during May sweeps.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appear in W magazine in a 58-page shoot by Steven Klein depicting them as a Sixties married couple. WWD publishes excerpts from former Condé Nast chief executive officer Steve Florio’s book proposal; Florio subsequently withdraws it. Time Inc. agrees to turn over reporter Matt Cooper’s notes on the Valerie Plame leak, prompting widespread criticism from First Amendment purists. Hearst launches Weekend with Susan Wyland, founding editor of Real Simple; the two magazines are strikingly similar in appearance.
New York Times reporter Judith Miller is jailed for refusing to testify in the Plame investigation. Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert, resigns from News Corp. Kate Moss wins a libel suit against Britain’s Sunday Mirror, which claimed she collapsed in a cocaine-induced coma. After a year of austere covers, New York magazine returns to sensational fodder with “Celebrity Psychos,” to the relief of many New Yorkers. Janice Min, editor in chief of Us Weekly, signs on for two more years following contentious contract negotiations. Gilles Bensimon is promoted to international creative director of Elle. Jane Pratt, founding editor of Jane magazine, resigns. WWD first reports on a new lifestyle magazine for thirtysomethings that Martha Stewart is developing. The Audit Bureau of Circulations creates new rules governing sponsored subscriptions. Joe Mansueto buys Inc. and Fast Company from Gruner + Jahr. Roman Polanski wins his London libel suit against Vanity Fair.
Longtime ABC News anchor Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer. Condé Nast reorganizes into seven units and announces plans to launch a business magazine, with Joanne Lipman as its editor in chief. Teen People taps Lori Majewski to replace Amy Barnett as its managing editor. The celebrity weekly market approaches saturation when OK launches in the U.S., amid reports that it agreed to pay Jessica Simpson for special access. Brandon Holley replaces Jane Pratt as editor in chief of Jane and a marketing campaign follows that proclaims her “So Jane.” Men’s Vogue’s first newsstand issue goes on sale; a few weeks later the magazine is given the go-ahead for a launch in 2006. Target sponsors an entire issue of The New Yorker, drawing an arched eyebrow from American Society of Magazine Editors. Martha Stewart’s house arrest is extended after The New York Post busts her for riding around her compound in an all-terrain vehicle and attending a local yoga class.
Photos of Kate Moss using a substance that appears to be cocaine turn up in Britain’s Daily Mirror. Tara Subkoff mouths off at a fashion panel during The New Yorker Festival, managing to alienate fellow designers and fashion editors alike. Magazine Publishers of America pays Jon Stewart a reported $150,000 to moderate a panel; he ends up criticizing the industry and insulting Dave Zinczenko in a room full of advertisers. After nearly three months in jail, Judith Miller agrees to testify and is treated to a steak dinner and massage by Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Vitals magazine ceases publication of both its men’s and women’s editions. Vanity Fair’s Jennifer Aniston cover is its best-selling issue of all time.
MTV airs its first episode of “Miss Seventeen,” a reality show featuring Atoosa Rubenstein. Michael Caruso, Bob Wallace and Carlos Lamadrid resign from Wenner Media. John McCain, Lee Scott and Martha Stewart speak at the American Magazine Conference in Puerto Rico, where ASME president Mark Whitaker does laps in the pool wearing a Speedo. James Truman returns to the magazine business as ceo of LTB Holding. TV Guide adopts a larger format and cuts circulation by two-thirds. Time Inc. announces John Huey will succeed Norman Pearlstine as editor in chief at the end of 2005. Every Day With Rachael Ray is an instant success. The New York Times wises up to the fact that author J.T. Leroy may not exist and tells him he can no longer write for its magazine.
Relative unknown Tom Foster is named editor of Men’s Journal. Kent Brownridge announces he will step down as general manager of Wenner Media at year’s end, but then agrees to continue consulting one day a week. Condé Nast Publications launches Cookie, a magazine for yuppies who breed. Judith Miller resigns from the Times. Ted Koppel leaves “Nightline.” Ziff Davis Media folds Sync. TV Guide folds Inside TV.
Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff are named co-anchors of ABC’s “World News Tonight.” Britney Spears sues Us Weekly over claims she and husband Kevin Federline acted “goofy” while screening a sex tape with their lawyers. Former WWD employee Peter Braunstein is arrested on kidnapping and assault charges in Memphis after eluding capture for more than six weeks. Time Inc. lays off 105 people, including several senior executives, and hints that more cuts may follow. The Source is evicted from its Manhattan office space. Radar folds. Don Welsh puts Budget Living on the block. NBC’s “Today” marks 10 years as the top-rated morning show. In galley copies of her self-help manual, Bonnie Fuller reveals she isn’t rude, just straightforward.