It was maybe the worst week ever for AOL Time Warner and I was having lunch at Michael's with Money magazine's new Publisher Michael Dukmejian. And the Duke was anything but apologetic or cowed when I asked him about morale over there. "As Dick Parsons says, `What's happened, happened. Let's move on.' The grownups (he named Logan, Ann Moore, Haire et al) are back in charge." As for Mike's own monthly, Money will close the first quarter up 20% in ad pages and with a powerful circulation of 1.9 million. "We're not competing with Smart Money or Worth. I told my guys, `We need a bigger sandbox.' We've got better demographics than Business Week, Fortune, Forbes. Our competition is The New Yorker (a magazine he loves!) and Vanity Fair. We're running advertising for the first time from Tiffany and Porsche." The Duke is the fourth publisher in four years at Money, knows it's the biggest job he's ever had and right after lunch (he paid), he was flying to the Coast. Presumably to bully a few more A-list accounts out of their money and into his Money.
Men's Health (Rodale) named Dr. Ian Smith a contributing editor. He's medical correspondent for NBC News and "Today."
Publisher Jim Fishman says AARP the Magazine will deliver 21.5 million households. The new mag launching in March\April merges their two titles, Modern Maturity and My Generation. That's not too shabby.
Last March 8 in this space I wrote: "What next for Tina Brown? Television. A talk show of her own."
Nifty remake of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.'s Woman's Day, at 248 total pages its biggest issue in 25 years. Heavier cover stock, bigger trim size, the works. It hit the newsstands Feb. 11. Publisher is Laura Klein and Editor Jane Chesnutt, who, glory be! runs the index page far forward and not concealed amid the classifieds.
Fascinating Wall Street Journal report: "Russia is the new Saudi Arabia." BP pumping billions into Russki oil fields.
Let's hear it for Michael Lafavore, new helmsman of TV Guide.
And get off Art Cooper's case. How unrealistic is it to suppose that given the moment and a decent pulpit, a good magazine editor isn't going to speak his mind about war & peace? Viva Art!