Arguably the planet’s most famous music magazine, NME (new Musical Express), has announced it will close its print edition after 66 years. The famed British title will live-on online, however.
The weekly print edition has been in decline for some time and in 2015 the publisher, Time Inc UK, moved from a paid magazine to a free, advertising driven model.
Initially, the move was a success and the giveaway edition shot up from 15,000 paid subscriptions to 300,000 free ones.
Clearly the advertisers were less enthusiastic following today’s announcement.
There’ll still be one-off print specials apparently to cater for band’s tastes of seeing themselves in print.
Time is consulting with the NME’s 23 editorial and sales staff about possible redundancies.