Private Frazer’s Doomed Magazines

September 3, 2012

Dog’s Dinner

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Private Frazer is back from two weeks in France, and is filled to overflowing with warmth towards his fellow man, so it is with a positive, life-affirming spirit that he brings you the news that Meze, ‘London’s Luxury Journal’ has clicked its fingers and asked for l’addition. But perhaps if your ‘latest news’ is dated February and your blog stopped in March you weren’t really trying too hard in the first place.

April 1, 2012

Vital Statistics

What are we to make of the news that Vitality Publishing has sold Attitude to a spin-off company to leave itself with just Loaded and Superbike magazine.

In 2010 Vitality bought four titles from the IPC bargain rail, Loaded, Superbike, Prediction and Hair. At the time, some eyebrows were raised at the opaque ownership structure of Vitality.  Prediction seems to have been immediately floated off as some form of MBO, Hair was part of the portfolio of titles sold to Haversham in July 2011. With Attitude gone, Vitality is left with two magazines both of which suffered ABC falls of more than 25% in the last returns. Further to this, back in January Vitality itself became the subject of a management buyout. (more…)

June 8, 2011

Reading Quietly

There’s been very little noise about the latest National Readership Survey results. Many publishers prefer to quote NRS figures over ABC as they give a more malleable view of a title’s penetration in the market, dealing as they do with ‘readership’ rather than ‘circulation’.

Perhaps everyone was too busy to pay much attention to the results? For anyone who is interested, here are  some highlights from the Top Line data, comparing the periods a) April 2009 – March 2010 with b) April 2010 – March 2011.

 Top 20 weeklies, total readership (more…)

May 5, 2011

Phoenix Burns

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After 2009’s death and rebirth, Cre8 Publishing have only been and gone and done it again, full details in this report from The Drum:

Football and rugby clubs are among the unsecured creditors owed more than £2m as Cre8 Publishing, one of the UK’s biggest printers of matchday programmes, is put into liquidation.

Liquidation documents show Rangers owed almost £500,000, Celtic £400,000, Arsenal £270,000, West Ham £103,000 and Spurs £42,000.

You wonder why the clubs trusted a company that went bust owing upaid royalties to other clubs – trusting, gullible, or stupid?

February 28, 2011

The Sky is falling in

Oh dear, how is the PPA going to be able to spin the next set of ABC results?

This time round they used the free circulations of customer magazines to claim “continued growth in the demand for magazines”, even though the demand for magazines that people actually buy continues to decline precipitously.

This morning’s news is that Sky is to axe Sky Sports Magazine and Sky Movies Magazine (with a combined circulation of nearly eight million copies) and reduce the frequency of Sky magazine (ABC of 7.3 million) from monthly to quarterly. (more…)

November 9, 2010

Cre8ing problems

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An old friend returns with the news that the current incarnation of Cre8 is in dispute with Celtic and Rangers over unpaid royalties. The story is on the Grauniad’s site

A previous version of the company slipped away last year, leaving an interesting – and substantial – selection of unpaid debts, but managing to move lucrative contracts across to the new entity before going into voluntary liquidation. Fortunate eh? As they say on their website:

At Cre8 … we throw away the rule books and Cre8 our own.

September 9, 2010

Arrested Development

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From Press Gazette

The Government is to cease publishing its magazine on international development …

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell wrote to subscribers … this week informing them that the September issue … was to be its last.

July 2, 2010

Knacker’s Yard

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PING! An email drops into Private Frazer’s inbox claiming that Horse + Pony magazine is heading for the last round-up. So far there’s neither a confirmation nor a denial from Bourne Publishing Group, but watch this space.

Any information gladly received.

December 10, 2009

Property Slump

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NCG Media have closed Your New Home magazine.  You’ve got to wonder how they managed to keep it going for quite this long and, given NCG’s portfolio of property and related titles, what will come next.

November 24, 2009


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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.

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