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Harpers Bazaar Replaces Editor

May 31, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hearst Magazines is replacing Kate Betts as the editor of Harper’s Bazaar, a major fashion magazine, with Glenda Bailey, the editor of Marie Claire, another Hearst title.

Hearst did not specify a reason for Bett’s sudden departure in an announcement it made Thursday. Nor did the company name a replacement for Bailey at Marie Claire. Hearst officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Betts, who is 36, had been a disciple of Anna Wintour, the head of Vogue, the bitter rival of Harper’s Bazaar in the world of glossy fashion magazines. She took over the post in the summer of 1999 from Liz Tilberis, a prominent fashion editor who died of cancer.

Single-copy sales, an important industry measure, were off 7.4 percent at Harper’s Bazaar for the six-month period ending in December, the most recent data available from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Bailey, 42, has been in charge of Marie Claire for five years and before that had launched and served as the editor of the British version of the magazine in 1988. The U.S. edition of Marie Claire was launched in September 1994 and went to a monthly schedule a year later.

The change comes just one week after the editor of Glamour, Bonnie Fuller, was ousted by Conde Nast Publications and replaced with Cindi Lieve, the editor of Self.

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