Popular men’s magazine Esquire has quietly trimmed its print edition to six per year — down from eight, Media Ink has learned.

Last year, the once-mighty monthly had dropped its print frequency from 10 to eight issues amid an industry-wide slump in ad sales as the internet continues to steal eyeballs.

Troy Young, president of Esquire owner Hearst Magazines, said the reduction is not coronavirus-related, and that he plans to put more money into the digital side of the publication, which last May elevated digital editor Michael Sebastian to be the new editor-in-chief, replacing Jay Fielden.

“We made the decision a while back,” Young texted, “improve print quality at lower frequency.”

Hearst’s investments in Esquire will be targeted at “video and digital,” Young said.

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