According to Keith J. Kelly, it’s an all-digital future for a trio of publications acquired by Townsquare Media from Harris Publications. Antenna magazine was relaunched as digital-only in July; XXL will go all-digital after the next bi-monthly print issue hits newsstands; and King-mag.com will be Web relaunched.
From Kelly’s item:
“We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise,” said Ben Harris, president of Harris Publications, which started XXL in 1997 to rival Vibe.
Unlike most brand acquisitions during which staff members are laid off, Bill Wilson, chief content officer of Townsquare, said 11 XXL editorial and digital ad sales team employees will be offered jobs.
Kelly’s got more background info on new owner Townsquare. Read the full Post item here.
Update (October 14):
Hold that wake. In an interview with MTV, XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten said are now plans for an additional print issue in 2014 and several in 2015:
“We’ll do… several issues next year, I’m not exactly sure what the number is, we’ll figure it out but [they’ll] definitely [be] magazines next year,” she said of the new and developing plan with Townsquare.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Spin Media Cuts 19, Folds Vibe