Yesterday, we reported that Kristina O’Neill, formerly of Harper’s Bazaar, would be replacing Deborah Needleman as editor-in-chief of WSJ. And today, WWD has a little more dirt on the subject–namely, who was passed over for the coveted position.
According to the trade’s sources, Elle‘s fashion news director Anne Slowey and style director Kate Lanphear both applied for the position, which is interesting because not too long ago Elle lost a significant number of staff on the digital side. The source also told WWD that Glamour executive fashion director Anne Christensen had applied for the job. Though Slowey and Christensen could not be reached, Lanphear was reached on Tuesday and declined to comment. Other sources speculated that Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman and GQ deputy editor Michael Hainey had been in the running as well.
WWD also has more information about what T will look like under the helm of Deborah Needleman. Basically, all of the demands that Needleman reportedly asked for were granted by the magazine. T is dropping to 13 issues a year, and will be redesigned to be more general interest. WWD speculates that this might put The Times‘ weekly Sunday mag in a bit of a jam, in terms of getting advertisers, but a spokeswoman for the paper said, “We think there are different advertisers interested in each brand.”
We guess time will tell.