From the New York Times: CondÃ© Nast Picks No. 2 at GQ to Be Its New Editor By DAVID CARR Jim Nelson, executive editor of GQ, will be named editor in chief of the magazine this afternoon, according to a senior executive at CondÃ© Nast Publications, the owner of GQ. Mr. Nelson will succeed Art Cooper, who retired on Feb. 25, several months short of his 20th anniversary. GQ, an 800,000-circulation monthly, has a significant literary tradition, but it has found itself under increasing pressure from British-inflected men's magazines, including Maxim, Stuff and FHM. GQ's newsstand sales, which are an indicator of current consumer interest, have dropped to less than 190,000, from more than 300,000, since the second half of 1997. Newsstand sales did rebound a bit in the last six months of 2002, going up 5.3 percent. Executives at CondÃ© Nast, a unit of Advance Publications, acknowledged that one candidate they approached was Dave Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men's Health, a magazine focused on fitness and relationships with the opposite sex, but Mr. Zinczenko said publicly that he would remain at the 1.7-million circulation magazine, which is owned by Rodale Inc. And after Dylan Jones, the editor of the British edition of GQ was mentioned as a candidate, Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of CondÃ© Nast International, publicly stated that Mr. Jones was not in the running. Mr. Nelson, several staff members said, was the favorite of the people who worked at the magazine. The selection of an inside candidate will allow James Truman, editorial director of the magazine, to have significant input in any new direction for the magazine, company executives said. Mr. Nelson previously worked at Harper's Magazine and CNN.
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