Private Frazer’s Doomed Magazines

March 4, 2011

Curious Business

Although wrong about the closure of The Publican (UBM sold it to William Reed and took a £19m bath), Private Frazer’s source for the closure of Growing Business seems to have been much closer to the mark.

The last issue of the magazine was before Christmas and the website homepage has removed reference to the print version. A definitive response has not yet been forthcoming from yon wee fowk at Crimson.

Also missing from their website is the Spectator Business magazine. Last August the title announced that, under its new editor Tom “sue me” Rubython, it was going to increase its frequency to monthly and available on newsstands.

No evidence exists of this happening and young Tam is listed as the ‘former editor’ of the magazine on this website. Private Frazer suspects that the magazine has now been buried on the quiet, presumably to spare the blushes of its Chief Executive (and skilled magazine closer), wee Andy Neil.

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February 23, 2011

Unsubstantiated Rumours

Two titles that are reported to be in the departure lounge.

A source suggests that Crimson’s Growing Business magazine has given up on its print edition. The last issue came out just before Christmas and a new one should be hitting the mail about now, but there’s no sign of it yet. Several emails to Crimson have gone unanswered.

But an email to Private Frazer this morning states that The Publican is calling ‘time’ on its print edition.

Any further information – or a definitive statement from either Crimson or UBM – would be warmly welcomed. email private.frazer@hotmail.co.uk or just leave a message in the comments section below.

Finally, the Guardian reports this morning that Future is in the running for BBC Magazines. Sounds to me like PR flummery – if they do buy the titles (for upwards of £100 million) I will eat my sporran.

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