Dudes, Private Frazer has been hangin’ ten so missed the announcement that The Surfer’s Path bowed out with its hundredth issue at the end of December.
From Wikipedia (so it must be true) “the magazine [was] a bit of an anomaly in the surf-publishing world… low-key and philosophical” so presumably everyone is pretty chilled about its demise.
Old Tommy Gray said “Paths of glory lead but to the grave“, but I prefer the Surfari’s version “ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out.”
After the death of TwentyFour7Football and Future’s FootballWeek comes news that CitiBet, a free football paper run and distributed by Citipost, has also failed to welcome in 2014.
So that’s Digital Magazines nil, Print Magazines nil. Paid For Titles nil, Free Titles nil.
Football magazine publishing? Marvellous, isn’t it?
No chance of anything in this year’s “I Didn’t See That Coming” awards for Apps magazine as it goes digital-only.
What’s more surprising is that Imagine thought that print was the right medium for this content in the first place. It reminds Private Frazer of the story about a publisher at Conde Nast; when she finally consented to have an email address she asked her PA to get a batch of announcement cards printed and mailed to her contacts.
It’s also a good excuse to link to the video of failed ‘apps’ puns from The Apprentice.
After just ten months, MacAnthony Media has blown the whistle on TwentyFour7Football magazine and the current issue 11 will be the last. The web page already redirects.
Launched by the Darragh MacAnthony, chairman of Peterborough United, last March, the magazine’s aim was to become number one in the market within twelve months.
As the Peterborough Telegraph reported, “He plans to distribute 60,000 copies of the first edition … and is confident readership will soar towards the 70,000 mark within a year.”
Peterborough were relegated from the Championship last season. MacAnthony faces a fraud investigation by a Spanish court.
Back of the net!
Another year dawns bright with optimism, only to be cruelly depressed within moments. The laurels for first closure of 2014 go to Homemade With Love, which MyTimeMedia are Terminating with Extreme Prejudice after just one year. Their Facebook page carries the rather plaintive statement “We couldn’t find the readers we needed to keep the magazine going.”