— Stephanie D. Smith
NOW HE CAN SATIRE THE RICH: After 18 years as founding editor of ForbesLife, Christopher Buckley has decided to move into the role of editor at large in order to focus more on his writing. Buckley, the only son of the late William F. Buckley Jr. and socialite Patricia Buckley, could not be reached Friday. Gary Walther has been tapped as the new editor of ForbesLife. Previously, he was one of the founding editors of Departures and former editor of Luxury SpaFinder. Meredith Kopit will oversee ForbesLife and ForbesLife Executive Woman, replacing new venture capitalist Jack Laschever.
— Amy Wicks
A RARE BRIGHT SPOT: During the next year or so, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure are planning big changes to their Web sites. Traveler is launching its own site and could completely break away from Concierge.com, although a spokesman said it's too early to predict what will happen. A new site could come later this year, or during the first quarter of next year. American Express Publishing's Travel + Leisure is planning a redesign, although a spokeswoman declined to provide details.
Meanwhile, both sites may be facing a little extra competition for those highly sought-after luxury travel ad dollars from competitors such as Globorati, a luxury travel news site that will relaunch on Tuesday. The site is from editor in chief (and Condé Nast Traveler contributing editor) Mark Jolly and was originally launched as a blog in January. The new version will not only provide breaking news (like it did in the past) but also provide the tools necessary to visit a given luxury destination. "This [luxury travel] is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry," Jolly said. He has roughly a dozen writers that will contribute, as well as senior editor Nicole Cotroneo, a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post travel section. Publisher Michael Rovner, formerly of Us Weekly and Stuff, said current advertisers include Silverjet and Singapore Tourism.