Oprah’s mag to end reg­u­lar print edi­tions af­ter 20 years

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY TALI ARBEL AP Tech­nol­ogy Writer

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.”

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