NME To End Weekly Print Edition

British music magazine NME is to cease publication in print after 66 years, it was announced today.

Time Inc UK, the magazine’s owner, said in a statement that it was “no longer financially viable” to run a weekly print edition of the iconic music publication due to rising production costs and a “tough” advertising market.

“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.” Paul Cheal, Time Inc. UK’s Group Managing Director, Music, said.

“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.”

NME, short for New Musical Express, first launched in March, 1952.

The first publication of it’s kind in Britain, NME started out as a music newspaper before gradually moving towards a more traditional magazine format during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The first front cover of NME featuring the Goons, Big Bill Bronzy and Ted Heath.

Famous for its dedication to championing new artists and it’s ability to stay ahead of the curve, NME has interviewed some of the biggest names in music over the past 60 years and seen stars such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Madonna, Oasis, the Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Jake Bugg and Dua Lipa grace its front cover.



An online version of NME, NME.com, was launched in 1996 and became the world’s biggest standalone music site, with over seven million users per month.

An original advert from 1996 describing the new NME website and its “groundbreaking” features.

As of today the NME brand has a social media reach of 200 million a month.

Due to consumer changes, NME Magazine was relaunched as a nationally distributed free publication in September 2015.

The first circulation figures published in February 2016 of 307, 217 copies per week were the highest in the brand’s history, beating the previous best of 306,881, recorded in 1964 at the height of The Beatles’ fame.

Many artists who featured in NME over the years have taken to social media to pay tribute to the publications contribution to the music industry.

Check out tweets from The Libertines, Paul Weller, Kasabian and more below:

The final edition of NME will be released this Friday, March 9th.

Let us know your favourite NME memories over on Twitter @Fuzzable now.

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