An article in the New York Times broke the story late yesterday:
Yes, you read that right. No more nudity in Playboy magazine, a magazine that is synonymous with bringing nudity to America’s newsstands. The top dog blames the internet:
[The company’s] executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
The rise of the internet is a convenient excuse—the magazine has had a host of challenges, many of which predate the easy access to online adult material. But whatever the reason, Playboy has given up. It’s the end of an era—an era that many would say was already over, but still.
More from the Times:
There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” [Chief Content Officer Cory Jones] said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.
March 2016 will be the first issue of PG-13 Playboy.