The sad and expensive experiment of letting the business-side of the Los Angeles Times run the Sunday magazine has come to an end. Nikki Finke first reported that the magazine's editor, Annie Gilbar, a former Home Shopping Network host, had been axed, along with her $300,000 salary. She will be replaced by deputy editor Nancie Clare.
Finke lamented the move, saying the magazine will become "crappy all over again" under the Times' editorial control. LA Observed's Kevin Roderick was less fond of Gilbar's vision for L.A. coverage: "I found the magazine's view of L.A. too narrow and its personality too gushing — remember when Gilbar pronounced pessimism a bummer?"