Publisher Chelstowski Out at EW

It’s not quite the big-scale layoffs of recent years, but Time Inc. has had its second high-profile departure in two weeks, with Entertainment Weekly publisher Ray Chelstowski abruptly stepping down.
Chelstowski was the title’s sixth publisher in as many years at EW, where he worked earlier in various sales roles. “It’s completely Wenner-esque,” cracked one industry veteran.
In a meeting with staff to announce his departure, Chelstowski referenced his ailing mother, but he was also known for butting heads with higher-ups and his sales staff.
His boss, Time Inc. Entertainment Group president Paul Caine (himself a former EW publisher) wasn’t ready to name a replacement (read his memo to staff on the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Web site).
The timing isn’t great for EW; it was finally finding its footing after years of battling occasional rumors that Time Inc. would fold it. This year through Nov. 21, ad pages were up 22 percent to 936, per the Mediaweek Monitor.
Two weeks ago, Angela Burt-Murray stepped down as the top editor of Essence magazine. A search for her successor is underway.