Immediate Media have announced the, er, immediate closure of BBC Knowledge magazine.
At the foot of the magazine’s website you’ll find this bit of corporate bollocks:
The licence to publish BBC Knowledge Magazine was acquired from BBC Worldwide by Immediate Media Company on 1 November 2011. We remain committed to publishing a magazine and website of the highest editorial quality [my emphasis]
You wonder just how committed they were to a “website of the highest … quality” when they hadn’t updated their blog since March and their “latest updates” were posted in April.
Globeland, the magazine for 8-13 year old children, has stopped the world and got off after just six months.
It takes a wee while for the news to get down from the homeland these days, but it appears that Hillaine Publishing sent Scottish & Northern Equestrian magazine to the knacker’s yard over the summer.
From FeaturesExec – there’s a little less scrap paper being pushed through the letterboxes of south east England as One Media have waved goodbye to freebies SO Essex, SO Surrey and SO Brighton & Hove
For fans of magazine closures, Future Publishing is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving, with news that they are waving good bye to Xbox World and PSM3. The final issues will hit the newsstand on 12 December, after which it will be ‘game over’ for both.
Clair Porteous, Future’s head of entertainment, said “Future continues to publish the highly successful Official Magazines for Xbox and PlayStation.” Apart, that is, in the US, where they recently announced the closure of Playstation the Official Magazine
What will be next?
MediaWeek reports that Amuse, “the free monthly fashion glossy for London” is suspending publication because it has run out of money.
Quoth the magazine’s publisher Stephen Murphy: “The advertising sale is more difficult than expected.“
Compare and contrast with the Stephen’s statement on the Amuse website: “advertisers appreciate the benefit of free. We invest in content and quality – that brings the readers – and then the advertisers follow.”
Perhaps the ‘freemium’ [sic] route isn’t the way to publishing riches after all?