NEW YORK — Kathie Bell, publisher of Lear’s, said Tuesday that reports the magazine would cease publishing in April are “absolutely untrue.” “The magazine is absolutely not going out of business,” Bell said.

She added that the April issue is on press and the editorial staff is currently preparing the May issue.

Frances Lear, founder of Lear’s, was unavailable for comment.

In other media news, Catherine Viscardi has been named publisher of Mirabella, succeeding Rebecca Darwin, who left the magazine.

Viscardi had been ad director of New York magazine, prior to which she was associate publisher of Architectural Digest. Before that, she was ad director of Self, where she worked with Anthea Disney, editorial director of Murdoch Magazines, which publishes Mirabella.

“I’m proud of what we did,” said Darwin, who was named publisher of Mirabella in October 1991. “The reality is they wanted their own team in.” She said she plans to explore other opportunities in the business.

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