US trade mag Billboard has appointed a new Editor for its weekly magazine, who will report to Editorail Director Bill Werde. Interestingly – given recent rumours Billboard has been looking into making its newsstand title more consumer friendly as industry subscriptions slide – the new editor, Joe Levy, has a background very much in the consumer press, having held senior editorial posts at Maxim and Blender, and contributed to Rolling Stone, Village Voice and Spin.
Confirming the new appointment, Werde told reporters: “I couldn’t be more excited to bring Joe Levy to Billboard. Joe is one of the best editors working today when it comes to music and broader entertainment. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, a brilliant mind for incisive commentary and a deft hand with a story. As we work to ensure Billboard offers the best coverage across all of our platforms, this is a giant step for the magazine”.