Saturday, October 31, 2009
Reports of The Advocate's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated?
Queerty is reporting that Regent/Here Media is folding the Advocate as a standalone publication and will turn it into a 32-page supplement in its lifestyle magazine, Out. The story has taken off (I've gotten numerous e-mails about it, and Andrew Sullivan is linking to the story), but my sources inside the magazine say it is not true:
"Queerty doesn't know what they're talking about," the source said. I'm told there will be changes as the brand is "expanded," but they "are different than what Queerty is saying."
There does seem to be a hint of hedging in that response, but then I remind myself that Queerty is the same blog that erroneously reported last summer that Advocate's editor in chief, Jon Barrett, had been fired and escorted from the building, so it's hard to put too much stock in what they're reporting here, although clearly something is up, as it is at virtually all media outlets.
For the official word on what is going on with The Advocate, read the response to David Hauslaib of Queerty from Stephen Macias, senior vice resident of Regent Media, after the jump. ----->