- Time Inc. is shaking up its hierarchy by having editors report to the business side of their brand, like Time or People, rather than the editor-in-chief..
- Current Editor-In-Chief Martha Nelson is leaving the organization and will be replaced by Norman Pearlstine, but he will serve as the executive VP-chief of content rather than in an editor-in-chief roll.
- The restructuring is part of an overall plan to make Time Inc.'s upcoming split from Time Warner a smoother process. CEO Joe Ripp and Mr. Pearlstine believe the move will allow individual publications to be more nimble and strengthen each brand at the lower level.
Some editors were understandably shocked and nervous at the announcement because it is such a fundamental change within the structure. One might worry that having editorial answer to the business side might compromise editorial integrity at the publications. The CEO addressed the issue in a statement saying the publications will maintain the same editorial standards, but only time will tell if that rings true.