Esquire editor steps down

The editor of Esquire has stepped down, as the Natmags men's monthly slid to a new circulation low in the last ABCs.

A spokeswoman for the title said that Simon Tiffin had decided to resign after four years in charge. She added: "Simon and the team have developed Esquire into the intelligent read for young men.

"Now Simon feels that he has contributed what he can to the title and it is time for him to take on fresh challenges."

Esquire's circulation was down in the last ABCs to 52,437, a drop of 17.6 per cent year on year, and the lowest figure in the past 10 years. Emap rival Arena experienced sales of 40,140, down 14 per cent, while Condé Nast's GQ was up 1.4 per cent to 126,797.

Tiffin joined GQ as an editorial assistant and junior sub-editor in 1990, worked his way up to chief sub-editor and eventually editor of its sport and fitness spin-off, GQ Active.

He quit after it was merged back into GQ, to join Harpers & Queen in 2001 as deputy editor, and replaced Peter Howarth as editor of Esquire in 2002.

He was BSME editor of the year 2003.

Tiffin will edit Esquire until October while Natmags looks for a successor.

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