Larry Kramer, publisher of McLean, VA-based USA TODAY has notified the staff that “After careful consideration, we have decided to close USA WEEKEND Magazine. The December 28 issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine will be its last.”

USA WEEKEND Magazine is the second-largest circulation magazine in the U.S. after Parade.

Kramer’s notification added that “Over the past year, we’ve talked often about the success of our partnership with U.S. Community Publishing in the 35 markets where USA TODAY is included in their daily news products. After evaluating the research, many of our readers have told us that they enjoy the addition of the USA TODAY content into their local publications, and they have especially enjoyed the expanded weekend Life content, given its timely entertainment and lifestyle news. With the success of our weekend Life offering, we believe it provides our readers and affiliates with a superior product to USA WEEKEND Magazine. Over the next few weeks, we will be working with USA WEEKEND affiliates to discuss the weekend Life product.”

With the closure of USA WEEKEND, many employees “will say farewell to great colleagues. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of those individuals – they will be missed,” Kramer stated.  Kramer’s notice did not state how many employees would lose their jobs as a result of the closure of the magazine.

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