Spin loses editors as future is planned

By | Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012


Some senior editorial staff departed American music magazine Spin on Friday following its acquisition by Buzzmedia earlier this month. Speculation continues that – with Buzzmedia a web-based publisher – the print edition of Spin will be phased out, and the magazine’s new publisher has confirmed there will be no November/December issue this year. However, management insist that no decision has as yet been made regards the long-term future of the printed Spin, and that a revamped physical product could as yet be announced.

Editor-In-Chief Steve Kandell, Managing Editor Catherine Davis, Associate Editor Melissa Giannini and News Editor Devon Maloney were among those laid off on Friday. Buzzmedia confirmed the layoffs yesterday, but noted that a team of 25 remain, and that that team will be grown further once the future direction of the brand has been finalised.

The publisher’s statement read: “We are retaining a powerful Spin team of 25. Specifically, Charles Aaron, who leads editorial efforts across all of Spin, will continue in his role as Editorial Director. In the coming year, we will build upon this core staff by doubling the editorial team. This investment will enable us to continue enhancing Spin’s offerings, which includes making the Spin archive, an incredibly important part of music history, much more accessible”.

It continued: “Buzzmedia and Spin are committed to moving forward with print, but we are still determining exactly how print fits in with Spin’s multiple distribution points and growth initiatives. While we are early in this process, we have concluded that Spin’s print offering will change after the September/October issue and we will not publish a November/December issue. Spin will continue to be led by a strong staff with deep experience in both digital and print. We look forward to sharing what the print offering will be going forward”.