Private Frazer’s Doomed Magazines

November 24, 2009


Filed under: closures,customer publishing — privatefraser @ 3:38 pm
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Following the Co-op’s takeover of Somerfield, the December issue of the Somerfield Magazine will be the last. Anybody care? Thought not.

November 23, 2009

Brought to book

Filed under: Recession — privatefraser @ 6:10 pm

Sell much through Borders? It looks like it may be an awful lot less very shortly. You might want to check with the wee gnomes in accounts to see when was the last time you were paid by them.

November 17, 2009

Are you sure that’s wise sir? (17/11/09)

From Media Week (RIP)

Former Chelsea football ace Ken Monkou is preparing to launch a quarterly aspirational glossy magazine in the UK called Life After Football. …[Monkou]claims launch circulation “will exceed 90,000 copies”

And Falkirk will win the Scottish Premiership.

Media fails

Filed under: B2B magazines,closures — privatefraser @ 1:09 pm
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Media Week, publishers of the c.c. title that lies unread in hundreds of publishing offices around the country, has given up the ghost according to a report in the Guardian.

Today’s issue of Media Week, dated 17 November, will be the last.


Revolution will cease monthly publication and become a quarterly supplement within Marketing.

Double bubble then for the media boys.

November 13, 2009


Filed under: closures,consumer magazines — privatefraser @ 4:32 pm
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Issue 60 of Scrapbook Inspirations (on sale 13 November 2009) will be the last monthly edition of the magazine.

As the Christmas issues hit the newsstand we can expect a slew of closures to be announced. Another Merry Christmas for the magazine industry!

Contract terminated

Filed under: B2B magazines,closures,rbi — privatefraser @ 9:18 am
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From the Guardian:

Reed Business Information is to make 18 staff redundant as part of a restructuring that will include the closure of 130-year old Contract Journal.

This follows the pattern of death by a thousand cuts for RBI.


November 11, 2009

Whisky? Check. Loaded revolver? Check.

Filed under: rbi — privatefraser @ 10:37 am
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Just when you thought that RBI were getting dull again, up pops this from Press Gazette:

Ian Smith, the chief executive of business publisher Reed Elsevier, has resigned with immediate effect after little more than eight months in the post.

Reed Elsevier announced that Smith resigned “with mutual agreement” and has stepped down today from the company’s board.

Elsevier chief executive Erik Engstrom has been appointed as his replacement.

A company spokesman told Reuters that Smith had been the wrong man for the current economic climate.  “Ian and the board decided it wasn’t the right role for him in the current economic circumstances… There is no disagreement on strategy.” [my emphasis]

I love it when everyone agrees about everything, don’t you?

November 10, 2009


Filed under: closures,consumer magazines — privatefraser @ 8:36 pm
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Italy magazine“Your Bridge to Italy” – has gone ‘online only’. Ciao!

November 9, 2009

Busted Flush

Filed under: closures,consumer magazines,magazines — privatefraser @ 5:59 pm
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Dennis Publishing has thrown in its hand with Inside Poker magazine.

November 6, 2009

Puzzle corner

Filed under: Chair by the door,consumer magazines — privatefraser @ 7:56 pm

A totally unsubstantiated rumour (my favourite kind) pops into the inbox. Apparently a publisher of puzzle titles is having a wee bit of trouble making its sums add up. More details welcomed from anyone with inside information.

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