IDG has quietly asked American Business Media that the recently-shuttered CMO be removed from the Neal Awards competition, FOLIO: has learned.
The magazine had been nominated for a pair of Neal Awards;"Best Single Theme or Special Issue of a Magazine or Newspaper/Tabloid" and "Best Single Issue" up to $3,000,000 in advertising/circulation revenue.
"We are honored CMO magazine was a finalist for the Neal awards," CXO Media CEO Michael Friedenberg said in a statement to FOLIO:. "Since the publication has been suspended, however, we’ve asked ABM, and they’ve graciously agreed, to withdraw CMO from consideration. We believe it is only fair that these prestigious awards be given to a publication that is currently in production."
"It’s adding insult to injury," said one source close to the shuttered magazine’s staff. "The least they could’ve done was keep it in to allow its former staff to receive recognition."
And if its short history was any indication, chances were good that they would have gotten it. In 2005, CMO was named Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Business Publication Editors and collected a total of seven ASBPE awards in all. CMO was also awarded five Tabbies from the Trade Association Business Publication International, a merit award from the Society of Publication Designers and a handful of FOLIO: awards including Ozzies for Best New Magazine Design and overall design.