There’s some sad news today, as the UK’s iconic music magazine NME has announced they will no longer be available as a weekly print magazine. After 66 years of almost 3,500 weekly issues, the final edition will be released on Friday. After that, it’s all foregone history, unless you yourself have copies of these soon to be archaic print editions.
Time Inc UK, the publisher for NME, said that the decision to stop its print edition is due to growing production costs and a tough advertising market.
The magazine, of course, will still be available online as always, and the publisher stated they will now be “focusing investment on further expanding NME’s digital audience.”
It just goes to show that digital media is well and truly taking over, and soon enough, print media will soon be a thing of the past. Bit of a scary thought, isn’t it? And for the farther future? Well, who knows? Soon, once everything is exclusively online and somebody wants to wipe out the world and the entire human race, will there really be any tell-tale signs of us left?
The hashtag “#RIPNME” has been trending on Twitter, which saw tweets from musicians and celebrities who had been featured in the magazine in the past, including Kasabian, The Charlatans, Slaves and more.
A truly sad day that such an icon is no more. Thank you for the memories. They're gonna miss you when you're gone. RIP NME. pic.twitter.com/NWUddsg1iV
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) March 7, 2018
RIP @NME I still remember the feeling of our band first being mentioned in your hallowed pages. (And have a copy of every time we’ve been in it) Blessed to have been part of that historic magazine. ? pic.twitter.com/9oOISRSwDL
— Slaves (@Slaves) March 7, 2018
Very sorry to hear about the @NME issuing its last print edition. Love to all the writers there who’ve helped us over the years, and to all of you that picked up a copy. Blessed to have had you in our corner. pic.twitter.com/EzZ7cvCaYQ
— Libertines (@libertines) March 7, 2018
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 7, 2018
NME magazine was first published back in 1952, and has been a staple in popular music ever since, featuring many stars including David Bowie, Oasis, Dua Lipa, Amy Winehouse and even Sam Smith. Their website launched in 1997, and it wasn’t too long ago (2015) that their magazine became free. Time Inc’s group manager, Paul Cheal, described the magazine as “one of the most iconic brands in British media”.
“The print reinvention has helped us to attract a range of cover stars that the previous paid-for magazine could only have dreamed of. At the same time, we have also faced increasing production costs and a very tough print advertising market. Unfortunately we have now reached a point where the free weekly magazine is no longer financially viable.”
Bad news all around, however, there will still be some NME publications available in print such as the special issues like its paid-for series, NME Gold. So if you still want to get your hands on NME’s printed magazines, it might be worth looking into that and purchasing the new sporadic printed versions on release.
But apart from that, the next last free issue is available on Friday and from then on, there’ll be no more free printed issues. A big shame indeed, but as they say, all things must come to an end.
Did anyone religiously read NME’s printed issues? If so, what was your favourite (or least favourite) issue? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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