Roy S. Johnson was named to succeed Mr. Boulton as VP-editor in chief; he had been a 16-year veteran of Time Inc., where he held posts including editor in chief of Savoy, assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated and editor-at-large at Fortune. He is also a co-host of NBA TV's "Gamenight."
Mr. Boulton became the subject of tabloid gossip when the New York Post's Page Six recently claimed he had been "spotted around town" with Jann Wenner, whose Us Weekly and Men's Journal compete with American Media's Star and Men's Fitness. Mr. Wenner denied to the paper that anything was going on.
Mr. Boulton has also reportedly been out of the office for medical reasons for some time. American Media tapped Mr. Johnson three weeks ago to handle editor-in-chief duties on an interim basis. Now Mr. Johnson has the job for real.