Oprah’s mag to end regular print editions after 20 years
O, The Oprah Magazine is ending its regular monthly print editions with the December 2020 issue after 20 years of publication.
The brand, which is among the most recognizable magazines in the U.S., is not going away but will become “more digitally-centric,” a Hearst spokeswoman Monday said. There will be
“some form of print” after the December issue “but what it is exactly is still being worked out,” she said.
Oprah Winfrey launched O with Hearst in 2000 and today is the editorial director. “I’m proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years,” Winfrey said in a statement provided by Hearst. “I look forward to the next step in our evolution.”
Hearst declined to answer why it was dropping the regular print edition, saying only it was a “natural next step” for the brand.
On its website, O Magazine says it has a total audience of 10 million, while industry tracker Alliance for Audited Media said the magazine had a total circulation of about 2.3 million as of the last six months of 2019.
Winfrey is busy with her deal with Apple TV Plus, which launched in fall 2019. Famous for her long-running Chicago-based TV show that ended in 2011, Winfrey has a new talk show debuting Thursday on Apple’s service called “The Oprah Conversation.”