Condé Nast Denies Anna Wintour Rumors
"There's no truth to the report" that Anna Wintour is on her way out after 35 years, a company spokesman says.
After a bombshell report that her days are numbered at Condé Nast, the company is denying that there are any plans to remove Anna Wintour from her post as artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief.
Speculation began with a lengthy Friday night report from the New York Post, in which a Condé Nast insider alleged that “Anna’s got a gun to her head” following what the Post called a series of “high-profile misfires” since Wintour assumed the additional role of Condé Nast artistic director in 2013, including shuttering the print editions of Self and Teen Vogue. The Post‘s own Page Six took things a step further Monday evening, reporting that Wintour is indeed on her way out at the company after 35 years, according to “a host of stunned sources.”
“There’s no truth to the report in Page Six,” Condé Nast spokesman Joe Libonati tells Folio:.
Libonati also denies a separate Monday report, this time in WWD, that the company is planning to reduce or even eliminate the print editions of Brides and W.
“No changes on the horizon for W and Brides,” says Libonati.
At least for now, that is.
Like any good rumor, both reports are at least partially backed by plausible supporting facts. Wintour is a product of print media’s gilded age who has consolidated a substantial amount of editorial power at a company locked in the painful but necessary transition to digital media, and both the Post and WWD correctly pointed to the recent hiring of Samantha Barry as Glamour‘s editor-in-chief—widely perceived to be a digital-first move—as evidence that the way the company views its magazine brands is changing.
But what separates titles like Teen Vogue and Self from Brides and W is that the former two had already developed formidable online presences on which to land when their respective print editions were discontinued. The latter two, while also growing online, still appear to be playing catch-up.