Today, 23rd June 2020, Bauer Media outlined changes to 10 brands in their UK Publishing portfolio, following a completion of a comprehensive review of its operations.
The completed review concluded that one of the brands will be moved to a digital and event based format, another will be merged, three titles will be closed after their final issue and the other five will remain in active discussions to move into potential ownership.
The brand moving to digital and event based format is Mother & Baby, the unrivalled resource of information and advice for mother and baby. The brand will accelerate their growth by making their digital platform the focus as they will reach more people than ever before. With already over 3,000 mums recruited to put the products out to test, they will run as normal and the winners will be celebrated at its annual event in November. The last printed and downloadable digital editions of the magazine will be the August issue, on sale on 8th July 2020.
Golf World is set to merge with Today’s Golfer to create the ultimate golfing magazine.The new magazine will still be still be delivering to the comprehensive industry leading Top 100 rankings – Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses: GB&I; Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses: Continental Europe; Golf World Top 100 Golf Resorts: GB&I; and Golf World Top 100 Golf Resorts: Continental Europe. The last stand alone issue of Golf World and downloadable digital edition will be the August issue, on sale 16th July 2020.
Simply You, Practical Photography and Planet Rock magazines will cease publication. The final issue of Simply You will be the July Issue, published 2nd July. Practical Photography will be the august issue on sale 2nd July and Planet Rock will be issue 22 on sale 31st July.
Bauer is currently in advanced stages of negotiations with potential new owners for Q, Car Mechanics, Modern Classics, Your Horse and Sea Angler. This includes the brand’s print publications and digital properties. The business is hopeful of a timely conclusion to these confidential discussions, in order to give clarity to teams and readers as to the future of the titles.
Chris Duncan, CEO UK Publishing, said: “In order to protect the long-term health of our publishing business we have had to make tough decisions about the future of some much-loved titles. While some magazines sadly will close, we remain hopeful that a number will continue to publish under new ownership. We remain fully committed and positive about the strength of our remaining portfolio.”