OK! Publisher Barr Jumps Ship

There’s more drama at the entertainment magazines, and it’s not just on the covers.
Stephen Barr departed Monday as the publisher of OK! Weekly, a job he held for just seven months. The company said he resigned. No replacement has been named.
Two months earlier, the title replaced its editor, Mark Pasetsky, with Richard Spencer. At the time, there was talk of Pasetsky retaining a role there, but he’s since left the magazine.
Just a week ago, Entertainment Weekly lost its publisher Ray Chelstowski, who stepped down suddenly after 18 months in the job.
Both have had trouble keeping publishers. Barr was OK!’s third publisher since Britain’s Northern & Shell launched it in the U.S. in 2005, and Chelstowski was EW’s sixth pub in as many years.
Yet while EW has staged a strong ad-page recovery this year, OK!’s circulation has fallen sharply. Ad pages were up 20 percent this year through Nov. 15, but rivals have suspected that its ad-page growth is coming at the expense of deep discounts.