WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?: Two weeks ago, The New York Times was thought to be close to naming a new editor in chief for T, its Sunday style supplement, which has been editor-less since Stefano Tonchi jumped to W in April. Upon Tonchi’s exit, the Times had said it hoped to find a replacement by May 1. Anne Christensen, the magazine’s women’s fashion director, was considered the frontrunner for the job. But there has yet to be an announcement and, since then, the rumor mill has continued to grind. Among the names being bandied about in media circles — regardless of their basis in reality — are Christensen, as well as GQ’s deputy editor Michael Hainey, the Times’ own Guy Trebay, Kate Betts, Ingrid Sischy and Vogue’s Sally Singer, who is said to have possibly tossed her hat back into the ring (though remaining ambivalent about leaving her high-paying gig, according to sources). As it no doubt is for Singer, money would likely be a sticking point for Hainey, a 10-year veteran of the Condé Nast-owned men’s title. And while insiders say Trebay has been lobbying for the position, he seems an unlikely option, as he lacks the management experience and stronger-than-strong advertiser ties the gig requires. (In addition to his editorial responsibilities, Tonchi acted as a de facto publisher of T). Insiders say Betts is not interested, and with regard to the former Interview editor, a well-placed source said Sischy wouldn’t be interested, either — she is enjoying her freelance writing assignments as well as the large canvas she has as international editor for Vanity Fair’s Italian and Spanish editions, and Russian and German Vogue. One thing the Times has on its side here is time — the next issue of T, the fall women’s fashion issue, does not come out until Aug. 22. Still, all indications are Christensen remains the frontrunner. The Times did not return e-mails seeking comment.

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