January is the month when we all think of shedding a few pounds, but that seems to have been taken a wee bit too literally by Quorn House Publishing.
They have gone into administration owing “well under £1 million” which means the end of Rosemary Conley’s Diet + Fitness magazine.
Deep-fried Ferrero Rocher all round.
Yet another lads’ mag seems to have woken up to the fact that it’s not the 1990s any more and has called it a day, as Front magazine is reported to have ceased publishing.
Front has been through a succession of ever more obscure owners since its launch in 1998 and was selling fewer than 30,000 copies in the last lot of ABCs.
It’s not a matter of if FHM, Zoo and Nuts will close, just when.
It looks like the wheel’s come off Old Tractor magazine. A charming email from Steve Wright the CEO of Kelsey (that’s how you do it Mark; why do you never write?) informs Private Frazer that the current issue will be the last and the title will be folded back into Tractor & Machinery.
Mr Wright also assures us all that Stationary Engine is in rude health and he reckons it’s possibly more profitable than Marie Claire. Old, creaky and consuming large amounts of energy while not moving at all, Marie Claire is published by IPC.
Kelsey Publishing are saying Tata to Land Rover World as its being broken up for parts with immediate effect; the current issue will be the last.
Rumours abound on other Kelsey titles being eyed for closure (and anyone with any info on these should contact the usual address), but as long as Stationary Engine continues to be produced, Private Frazer will be happy.
Future have given Official Pokemon Magazine its cards after less than a year; the first issue appeared in March 2013, the final one is hitting the shops about now.
Gotta catch them all!
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.”