The selection of Lemarchand as Kliger's replacement rather than an American may indicate that the company is taking an even more active role in the U.S. division, its second-largest revenue contributor.
— Irin Carmon and Amy Wicks
NEWS INTERNATIONAL TO CLOSE MAGAZINES DIVISION: News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, is set to close its consumer magazine division, called News Magazines, a spokeswoman in the U.K. said Wednesday.
"We can confirm that we will disengage from the magazine business," she said. "It will allow us to focus on our core business as the U.K.'s largest national news publisher."
On Tuesday, London trade magazine Media Week reported that News Magazines had made a loss of 9.7 million pounds, or $18.9 million, in the year to June 2007, but the spokeswoman declined to confirm that figure.
The division published three magazines — the real-life magazine Love It, the Sunday Times Travel and Skymag, a magazine for Sky Television's customers. The spokeswoman said the company planned to sell Love It, while the Sunday Times Travel will be published from News International's newspaper headquarters. The spokeswoman said it was a possibility that Sky Magazine could be published in-house by the television channel, but that had not been confirmed.
— Nina Jones