Popbitch says NME may go web only

This from Popbitch:

Rumours abound that the print version of the NME is to be closed, leaving the 55-year-old music paper as a web-only operation. Time for NME.com to launch some more eye-catching stunts like their campaign to “right a historic wrong” by getting the Sex Pistols’ re-released God Save the Queen to number one. It entered the charts at… number 42.

Interesting to see if this is true. (EDIT: It seems this is NOT true. As you will see from the comment from Anna Gawan below, the Popbitch homepage is carrying a comprehensive apology for the above.) It would be a desperate measure. While the New Musical Express would lose printing and distribution costs it would also lose print ad rates, which are only – ooh- a gazillion times higher than online ones.

Having said that, what’s the future for a print publication covering the music business? Must be a bummer being a product in a struggling industry which focuses on a dying industry.



Filed under Journalism, newmedia

2 responses to “Popbitch says NME may go web only

  1. Anna Gawan

    This is now on the Popbitch homepage…

    “Yesterday we reported a rumour that the print version of the NME was to close. We have been assured by NME, and accept, that any such rumour is entirely false and there is no such plan in place or in contemplation. We apologise to the publishers of the NME for this inaccuracy.”

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