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Urban music magazine Vibe is closing after 16 years.



QUICK STINT: Susan Reed is departing O, The Oprah Magazine only a year after she was hired as its editor in chief. She will be succeeded by Susan Casey, a former creative director at Outside magazine and editor in chief of Sports Illustrated for Women. Most recently, Casey was development editor of Time Inc. from 2003 to 2007, where she worked on new magazine and Web concepts for the women’s market. Though Reed oversaw a big news event when Oprah Winfrey in January decided to address her weight gain, sales for the magazine during her tenure fell substantially. In the second half of 2008, single copy sales declined 25 percent, to 625,961. Single-copy sales for the first five issues of 2009 are 3 percent lower than sales for the same issues in 2008, but are nearly 20 percent smaller than sales registered in 2007. — S.D.S.

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