Spin Magazine Nov/Dec issue cancelled ahead of brand evaluation

Tom Pakinkis

Spin Magazine’s new owner Buzzmedia has announced that the publication’s November/December issue will not be published as a brand-wide evaluation takes place.

Layoffs at the magazine last week saw editor-in-chief Steve Kandell, managing editor Catherine Davis, associate editor Melissa Giannini and online news editor Devon Maloney leave the company.

Buzzmedia says, however, that it plans to eventually double Spin’s editorial team and that it is committed to “moving forward” with the print version of the magazine, although still determining where it fits in the brand as a whole.

The full statement is as follows:

"As part of Buzzmedia's acquisition of Spin, we have been evaluating our integration plan in conjunction with our efforts to enhance and grow Spin's offerings and audience. As part of these integration efforts, we have made some formal changes to the Spin staff, which impact the Editor in Chief/Magazine, Steve Kandell; Managing Editor, Catherine Davis; and nine others.

"We are retaining a powerful Spin team of 25. Specifically, Charles Aaron, who leads editorial efforts across all of Spin, will continue in his role as Editorial Director. In the coming year, we will build upon this core staff by doubling the editorial team. This investment will enable us to continue enhancing Spin's offerings, which includes making the SPIN archive, an incredibly important part of music history, much more accessible.

"Buzzmedia and Spin are committed to moving forward with print, but we are still determining exactly how print fits in with Spin's multiple distribution points and growth initiatives. While we are early in this process, we have concluded that Spin's print offering will change after the September/October issue and we will not publish a November/December issue. Spin will continue to be led by a strong staff with deep experience in both digital and print. We look forward to sharing what the print offering will be going forward."


Tags: Spin, Spin Magazine, Buzzmedia, layoffs, editorial

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