Just hours after Hearst Magazines today announced that the Golf For Women editor in chief Susan Reed will become the next editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast decided to shutter Golf for Women altogether. The last issue will be July /August, on newsstands now.
“We came to this decision because we feel the magazine will not support our long term business objectives,” said Charles Townsend, president & chief executive officer of Condé Nast Publications.
Sources close to the situation said that Reed was courted by Hearst for several weeks about the job, and gave her notice to Condé higher ups today. Reed will replace Amy Gross, who is retiring, and will take her new role July 29.
Upon learning of Reed’s departure, Condé executives considered replacing her, but instead decided to fold the magazine entirely, according to sources.
Golf For Women staffers were notified of the closure late Monday afternoon.
Golf For Women was launched in 1988, and Condé Nast purchased the magazine in 2001 from Meredith Corporation. The title published six issues a year and had a circulation of 600,000.
For more information, see Tuesday’s WWD.