NME has announced that it is shutting down its print edition.
The music magazine has been published since 1952, becoming one of the most recognisable publications in music journalism.
However, two and a half years after relaunching as a free publication, NME has announced its issue out on Friday is its last.
Time Inc. has confirmed that the free weekly magazine will cease publication, with NME ‘expanding its digital-first strategy’.
Time Inc.’s UK group managing director, music, Paul Cheal said: ‘NME is one of the most iconic brands in British media and our move to free print has helped to propel the brand to its biggest ever audience on NME.COM. The print re-invention 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. It is in the digital space where effort and investment will focus to secure a strong future for this famous brand.’
Following the news, Caitlin Moran tweeted: ‘So sad the print edition of the NME has closed. The music press was the best way into the media for working-class writers – you got paid to write about what you loved! So hard to learn your craft and earn a living now it’s all down to blogging.’
And Libertines’ Twitter account wrote: ‘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.’
Lily Allen also shared a tweet reading: ‘#RIPNME.’
The magazine will continue to publish special print issues including paid-for series NME Gold, and a new feature called The Big Read will replace the weekly cover star interview online.
This news comes after the magazine’s editor Mike Williams stepped down on 26 February.
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