'TV Guide' relaunch
He will assume control just as TV Guide finally undergoes its much-anticipated relaunch, in which he and Mr. Loughlin both played major roles. The changes, effective with the Oct. 17 issue, will render the listings digest a full-size magazine with fewer program schedules, more articles about celebrities and a guaranteed paid circulation chopped down to 3.2 million from 9 million. Mr. Crystal and Mr. Loughlin also worked together to develop the new celebrity title Inside TV.
Mr. Crystal joined Gemstar-TV Guide in December 2002 from Gruner & Jahr USA, where he oversaw titles including Inc. and Fast Company.
Although Mr. Loughlin -- who becomes exec VP-general manager at Hearst -- had been president-CEO of the TV Guide group, Mr. Crystal received only the president’s title. He will report to Rich Battista, company CEO, and Anthea Disney, executive chairwoman.