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O, The Oprah Magazine, SA edition to close

25 Jul 2014 11:04
Associated Media Publishing has just announced that the South African edition of O, The Oprah Magazine will publish its final issue in September 2014.
O, The Oprah Magazine South Africa edition launched in 2002.

"This was a difficult decision for us and our partners. For 12 years, the magazine has been providing readers with encouragement and inspiration to live their best lives, and we thank them for their passion and loyalty," said Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing, which publishes the magazine in partnership with Hearst Magazines International.

Subscribers will have the opportunity to receive any of the company's other women's titles for the duration of their subscriptions, and all O readers can continue to enjoy content on as well as on the Oprah Winfrey Network programming block on the DStv channel, TLC Entertainment.

Associated Media Publishing will work to redeploy the brand's staff to other parts of the company where possible.

[ did submit questions relating to the reasons for the closure. We will report further as and when appropriate. - Editor]
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maybe a Destiny got the better of O
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 12:00
Marie Rocher
I had the privilege of doing some freelance writing for the O Mag, and it's always sad to see a great mag disappear from the shelves. Thinking of the in-house team as they reconfigure their careers, and wishing them well - perhaps time to consider joining the Freelance Economy?!
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 14:40
To those who will lose their jobs in this process my ex Art Director said when FEMINA closed down said" You might be retrenched but they have not taken away your talent in your hands"
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 08:57
While many might feel that there is only one side to this story (which I totally agree with), it should come as no surprise that the publishing world is really struggling – ahem, digital! Add to the fact that Oprah's show ended two years ago (& that OWN is not so readily available on South African TV as her talk show was), I can only venture a guess that it made it difficult to grow their readership. All in all, I think it's a business that ran dry. Sadly it's those who poured their heart and soul into this magazine that is left high and dry, while the high and mighty is most likely still laughing all the way to the bank. Sad, but true.
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 16:59
Wow. A sad ending to a magazine that has brought inspiration and enlightenment to many.
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 09:13
phumelele myeza
i really would like to know what happened, why? this is such a drastic decision, i feel bad for those whose jobs have been lost. May their positive motivation keep them strong during this period.
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 08:53
It's so sad. Everything is going digital nowadays, therefore, maybe they are not doing well? A lot of magazines and newspapers aren't doing well financially.
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 22:27
It's so said. everything is going digital nowadays, therefore, maybe they are not doing well?
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 22:25
B.I Phakathi
this story has more questions than answers
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 18:42
B.I Phakathi
this story has more questions than answers
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 18:37
Terry Levin
Belinda Shaw you are correct...we look forward to finding out a bit more...
Posted on 25 Jul 2014 21:32
Belinda Shaw
Why???? This is only half a story.
Posted on 25 Jul 2014 16:06
Rod Baker
We have submitted a number of questions regarding the closure and will publish the response as soon as possible after receiving them.
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 05:42
Tim Singiswa
good!She must now close her school and disappear from this country because she is just bringing her illumin ati gibberish to our children.
Posted on 25 Jul 2014 15:37
"Associated Media Publishing will work to redeploy the brand's staff to other parts of the company where possible"
JUST LOVE THAT!!!! Been in this industry for over 12 years and been retrenched twice in a span of 12 months
Posted on 25 Jul 2014 14:59
Glynis Fobb
Sorry to hear that...I know only too well where you are coming from. After 25 years my entire career in magazines was made redundant, that was after I had been through two redundancies in two of the leading general and business publishing groups when entire departments were axed. Wishing you all the best!
Posted on 26 Jul 2014 19:02