'ROLLING STONE' EDITOR ASKED TO LEAVE

Bob Love Is out After Four Years in Top Spot

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Jann Wenner has asked the top editor of Wenner Media's flagship Rolling Stone magazine to leave.

In response, Bob Love, managing editor and 20-year veteran of the publication, will depart April 28. Mr. Love has served as managing editor for more than four years. Mr. Love will stay on for a two-month transitional period, a Wenner Media spokesman said.

Changes expected
No replacement has been named, but whoever it is will pilot a changed Rolling Stone. It is expected that the title will move away from its lengthy investigative or analytical articles, a journalistic tradition that has earned the magazine numerous awards.

"You're not going to find 5,000 word pieces," said an executive familiar with the situation.

During Mr. Love's

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tenure, Rolling Stone won three national magazine awards and was nominated for 12. Last year the magazine won another, for novelist David Foster Wallace's feature on Sen. John McCain.

Through March, Rolling Stone's ad pages were down 22.3% to 100.0.

Other moves
This is Mr. Wenner's second major personnel change this month. Earlier, Kevin Martinez was named publisher of Men's Journal, replacing Dave Kupiec. Mr. Martinez is the title's third publisher in 13 months.

Meanwhile, Us Weekly's top editor Bonnie Fuller last week laid off eight edit-side staffers, including senior editor Alanna Fincke, in a move a spokesman said was aimed at shifting resources to bring in more reporters.

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