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6 April 15th, 2011 Soap Opera Digest & Weekly expected to slash their staff in half!

The New York Post this morning is signaling further proof that the end of soap operas as we have known it is coming to a close, with the cancellations yesterday of All My Children and One Life to Live, the seismic shift also produced some major upheavals in the publishing world.  For most of the 70 employees now on board at the New York-based titles of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, it is expected to be pink slip time.

Source Interlink, which publishes both soap titles Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, is cutting staff and turning over the magazines’ operations to National Enquirer and Shape owner American Media Inc. on a licensing deal.   AMI is expected to offer jobs to less than half the current employees.

The two magazines now have combined circulation of around 650,000 — 500,000 for the now monthly Soap Opera Digest and 150,00 for Soap Opera Weekly. With the empty pockets at checkout counters, insiders said AMI is already working on a newsstand special on reality-TV shows, covering Kim Kardashian and shows such as Housewives of Orange County.

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  1. Brian T says:

    Wow, I have bought SOD since I was a teenager and used to collect all of them for the covers. I saw this coming too. How can you write a magazine about just a handfull of soaps?

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  2. kmd8604 says:

    This is awful. Such a bad bad bad decision to cancel these shows. The repercussions is astounding!

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  3. sondra says:

    I have subscribed to SOD for several years now. However, before yesterdays announcement I had not planned on renewing my subscription this year. The reason is because the magazine is always available at the grocery before I received mine and sometimes I don’t even get it until the next week. Very poor customer service.

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  4. Meghan says:

    So Soap opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly won’t come out at all as of Janurary 2012. Is this what I take from this article?

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  5. lew says:

    It continues to get worse!!! A great day for me will be when it is announced that there has been a major upheaval at the head of daytime programming at ABC (Disney)

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  6. brothasoap says:

    I read this story when first published by The Post and thought they made a mistake by noting that Soap Oprea Digest was now published monthly. I subscribe, and as far as I know, the magizine is published weekly. Did I miss an announcement about the change? Was the news story supposed to be it?

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