In a move that had been largely telegraphed for years, Time Inc. made official the announcement of editor-in-chief Norm Pearlstine’s pending departure and editorial director John Huey’s succession. Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s editor since 1995, will step down December 31.
It was widely-acknowledged that Pearlstine had been grooming Huey, editorial director since 2001, to eventually succeed him, something Pearlstine had hinted at as early as this past January during an MPA breakfast held in his honor. In a note to Time Inc. staff, CEO Ann Moore called Huey an “unflagging champion of quality magazine making.”
Pearlstine is leaving the post to work on his recently-announced book, “OFF THE RECORD: The Use and Misuse of Anonymous Sources,” which figures to shed at least a little light on Time Inc.’s controversial decision to turn over confidential documents
related to the Valerie Plame case earlier this year. The move drew heavy criticism from the media, many of whom felt Pearlstine had conceded to shareholder pressures instead of continuing its prolonged battle for journalistic rights.
Pearlstine, under contract through 2006, will retain “senior advisor” status with Time Warner.
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