Another Magazine Folds Print, Continues Online

GIANT, a bi-monthly urban lifestyle magazine covering celebrities, culture and fashion primarily for 20-something African Americans, will cease publication with the December 15 issue.  It will publish online only at GiantLife.com.

Publisher Radio One (BlackPlanet.com) President Tom Newman said the economic downturn played a role in the decision to suspend the print edition, which had a circulation of about 300,000.  Foliomag reports former Giant editor-in-chief-turned-Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine will remain with Radio One.  No immediate layoffs were announced.

Radio One acquired GIANT in 2007.  Founder Jamie Hooper launched the publication in 2004 with a $10 million investment.  According to the Washington Business Journal, other properties under Radio One’s Interactive One umbrella include BlackPlanet, NewsOne, TheUrbanDaily, HelloBeautiful and Elev8, reaching 9 million monthly unique visitors.

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