the magazine and its news website, The Washington-based company, which has been owned by The Walt Disney Company since 2019, bought Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox for $71 billion. Majority stake in Yellow Edge Publications.The magazine accepts extensive cuts After Fox in 2015 and a sale to Disney in 2019. (The National Geographic Society remains a minority partner.)
The names of the editors involved in the new layoffs disclosed to employees late last week appeared at magazine masthead, Including Senior Executive Editor Indira Lakshmanan. It also involves editors responsible for long-form articles and specialized topics such as science, travel, environment and animals. Lakshmanan did not respond to a request for comment.
Additionally, Debra Adams Simmons, executive editor for historical and cultural content, has been promoted to Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for National Geographic Media, which oversees the magazine and website.
The magazine’s editorial staff has about 125 employees, and the cuts have surprised and shocked people. In internal discussions, several staffers dubbed the firing a “Red Wedding,” referring to a massacre depicted in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
The cut is after three months that date The new editor-in-chief, Nathan Lump, is a former editor at Condé Nast and The New York Times, most recently at Expedia travel site. Lump is the 11th editor in the magazine’s nearly 134-year history.
“To say today was a difficult day would be an understatement,” Trump wrote in a memo to employees after the insider leaked last week. These moments of change are difficult in many ways, not least because it’s hard to see the role of close colleagues affected.”
Lump reached out to a Disney spokesman, who declined to comment. Spokesman Fonda Berosini referred to a staff memo sent last week by David Miller, executive vice president of National Geographic Media.
In his memo, Miller made positive comments about the cuts. He said the magazine “is realigning key departments to help deepen engagement with readers, while nurturing existing business models and developing new revenue lines.” He added: “Ultimately, these changes will allow our employees and More growth in talent, broadening our storytelling opportunities, and enriching our relationships with readers, all of which make us even more successful in the future.”
But another employee, who asked not to be named to protect their jobs, called the loss of a highly regarded editor a “desperate cost-cutting measure”.
For decades, National Geographic has been one of the top-selling magazines in the country. As recently as 2013, it sold for about 4 million copies per month. But like many print publications, its circulation has plummeted in the digital age. As of June, its monthly circulation is about 1.8 million copies, according to Audit Media Consortium.
Its website attracted about 12.4 million total visits in June, according to Estimates from Similarweb are well behind other mainstream news, science and information sites.
Managers have scheduled an all-staff meeting on Wednesday to discuss the changes.