Condé Nast is pulling the plug on the print version of Glamour. The January issue of the magazine, set to hit newsstands Nov. 27, will be its last. Glamour is the latest Condé Nast brand to go all digital, following Self and Teen Vogue. Like Hearst’s Seventeen, which announced the end of its print publication last week, Glamour is keeping the door open for special print issues centered around such events as its Women of the Year awards. Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry, who came to the publication in January from CNN Worldwide, told the New York Times that digital is “where the audiences are, and it’s where our growth is.” The company says it plans to keep on with print editions of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ, the New Yorker, Allure, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit. The print version of Glamour currently has around 2.2 million subscribers. There are currently no plans to erect a paywall for its digital content.
Amazon is one of several bidders for the 22 Fox regional sports networks that Disney was required to divest as part of its acquisition of a large slice of Fox’s assets in July, according to a report from CNBC. Amazon has been increasing its footprint in the sports arena. In addition to streaming the NFL’s Thursday Night Football, the company also recently made a deal to air 20 soccer matches from the English Premier League starting next year. Others in the first round of bidding for the networks include Apollo Global Management, KKR and Blackstone Group. YES Network, which is currently 20-percent owned by the New York Yankees, is part of the deal, and the Yankees are one of the bidders looking to acquire that property.
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studio's racial discrimination suits against Comcast and Charter Communications will move forward following two legal decisions issued on Nov. 19. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, CA overturned a decision by a lower court to dismiss Allen’s suit against Comcast, and also affirmed an earlier decision denying Charter’s motion to dismiss Allen’s claims against the company. Both decisions say that Allen has made a plausible case that the refusal of Comcast and Charter to carry cable channels from Entertainment Studios is at least partly the result of racial discrimination. According to Variety, a similar case brought by Allen against AT&T in late 2015 was resolved when DirectTV, which is owned by AT&T, agreed to air seven of the company’s channels. Entertainment Studios channels include the Weather Channel as well as Cars.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV. Allen has also expressed an interest in purchasing Tribune Media, which owns 42 TV stations.