The second honeymoon for Andy Pemberton and Spin is over, FishbowlNY has learned. According to a FishbowlNY source with knowledge of the situation, the rumor that Pemberton — who replaced editor Sia Michel at Spin after its sale to Hartle Media three months ago — would be ousted is all-but-confirmed.
“It’s a done deal,” says the source.
A spokesperson for Spin, however, denies that is a “done deal” and that Pemberton is “still here” and that “nothing has happened.”
Pemberton, the former editor at Blender, told FishbowlNY in an unpublished interview last week that the magazine’s focus had shifted to a broader view, not only covering music for 18-to-25 year olds but also “the culture that surrounds them.”
That culture apparently included sex advice, as Pemberton and co. had tapped alt-porn star Joanna Angel to write a monthly sex column for the magazine, while parting ways with such popular columnists as Chuck Klosterman.
It seems that Pemberton has been on shaky ground since the beginning, as some of the remaining staffers after the sale were said to be unhappy with Pemberton’s vision. Moreso, at Spin‘s Lexington Avenue office, Michel’s name, as of last week, was still listed on the building’s masthead as editor.
The source says the magazine’s second issue under Pemberton will feature Beyoncé.
Calls to Tom Hartle were unreturned.
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