|'Elle Girl' was not in trouble -- its ad pages increased 46.1% last year and its average paid circulation was up 17.9%. But after in-depth studies, Hachette Filipacchi concluded that the magazine's target audience is best reached via digital media.
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"After running this magazine for the past five years and continually doing research on the teen market, Jack is totally redefining the strategy," said Anne L. Janas, a Hachette spokeswoman. "The print magazine is closing down but there will be increased investment online and in wireless. He believes that's where he needs to direct the primary investment of the company."
Ms. Janas confirmed a report of Elle Girl's demise that appeared on FishbowlNY.com. She said Elle Girl will appear in print again in the form of two specials published by the division that also publishes Elle Accessories.
Unlike the other magazines put down on Tuesday -- American Media's Celebrity Living, Shape en Espanol and MPH -- Elle Girl had been performing well by the usual metrics. It increased ad pages 46.1% last year to total 749.3, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. It reported average paid circulation of 601,149 for the last half of 2005, up 17.9% from the last half of 2004, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
That would have seemed to indicate some vitality, especially when compared with others in the teen category. CosmoGirl and Seventeen, both from Hearst Magazines, grew ad pages by less than 4% last year, while Teen People from Time Inc. saw ad pages drop 4.6%. But Teen Vogue from Conde Nast Publications increased ad pages 27.8% last year and greatly expanded its circulation after acquiring YM in 2004 and taking over its mailing list.