WHO’S NEXT: Françoise-Marie Santucci, editor in chief at Libération’s Next magazine has resigned, WWD has learned. Santucci occupied various positions at Libération including at the newspaper’s culture section and at the monthly lifestyle supplement Next as editor in chief since December 2011. “I was thrilled to work for Libération. After 22 years, I felt it was time to move on,» Santucci told WWD, without hinting at her plans.
She invoked the conscience clause, which gives French journalists the right to compensation when the ideological line of their paper is changed by management.
Santucci’s resignation comes after a restructuring at the beleaguered daily newspaper and major changes. Libération named a new editor, Laurent Joffrin in June following Nicolas Demorand’s resignation.
Next puts out nine issues a year, coming out on the first Saturday of the month. Its circulation is the same as Libération’s. In 2013, paid circulation of Libération in France was 101,616, down from 119,418 in 2012, according to France’s Audit Bureau.
Santucci’s replacement has yet to be named.