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