According to this magazine distributor, Viz’s girl-targeted manga anthology Shojo Beat is “ceasing publication with the July 2009 issue.” Subscribers will be switched to the male-focused Shonen Jump, which will probably not be satisfactory, since the only thing the two have in common are format and publisher; the content is very different.
Currently, subscription links at the Shojo Beat site return “Page not found”. Viz has not yet confirmed.
Update: David Welsh at the Comics Reporter has a statement from Viz confirming that the July 2009 issue (on newsstands June 16) will be the last.
… unfortunately in today’s difficult economic climate we felt the need to place our resources elsewhere at this time. Of course all of our great shojo manga titles previously serialized in Shojo Beat magazine will still be published and available as graphic novels under the Shojo Beat imprint from VIZ Media.
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