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BuzzJack Music Forum _ UK Charts _ Q magazine to close after 34 years.

Posted by: Crazy Chris Jul 22 2020, 11:21 PM

Sad but not surprising really.

From Official Charts site.

"The music magazine's closure is solely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, said its editor Ted Kessler.

"We've been a lean operation for all of my tenure, employing a variety of ways to keep our head above water in an extremely challenging print market. Covid19 wiped all that out," said Kessler in his final editor's letter.

Q Magazine was launched in October 1986 by Mark Ellen and David Hepworth and was published by EMAP until January 2008 when the brand was sold onto Bauer Media Group.

Q had a spin off radio station which ran for five years between 2008 and 2013, and also had a sister music TV channel which broadcast from 2000 to 2012. The brand has also held The Q Awards since 1990.

The final edition of Q will be available on July 28, 2020.

Apparently sales were down from 200,000 in the late 90's to just 28,000 just before lockdown.

Posted by: Crazy Chris Jul 23 2020, 06:25 AM

I would guess other magazines may follow. Apparently the film one, Empire is in trouble too now.

Posted by: DalekTurret32 Jul 23 2020, 07:28 AM

It's a shame that it's happening. Q Mag played a pretty big role in shaping my music tastes back when I was studying GCSE's. We even had some 2014-2016 issues in the school library and I would usually spent time looking at the album reviews, artists recommending albums and details of upcoming albums.

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