Is “NME” Going To Abandon Its Print Edition?

nme.jpgTucked below the “Steven Tyler wears beige Crocs and has painted toenails” item in today’s issue of the British gossip e-rag Popbitch was this nugget: “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.” Oh, realllllly? Well, given that the cover of the current issue is at left, maybe moving to an online-only perch would at least help the British rag stay a little more abreast of today’s music. But will a Web-based NME carry the same clout that the print edition does? Some recent anecdotal evidence suggests that it might not, as the Popbitch item goes on to point out.

“Time for 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.”

No. 42? In a country where the reissue of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” entered the charts at No. 16 a few weeks back? Oh, my. Printing magazines may be expensive, but surely that cost is minimal when you think about the price paid by losing your cred.

Popbitch [Official site]

  • Ned Raggett

    No. 42?

    Disaster Area is vindicated.

  • Nicolars

    Eh, it was just fishwrapping compared to Melody Maker anyway.

  • sparkletone

    I don’t need NME to go online-only to keep up with the world.

    I need NME to stop publishing all together.

  • Breliant

    When Smash Hits went belly-up there was a lot of mourning, part of their youth dying and what not. The last editor pointed out that the people complaining weren’t buying.

    Most people grow out out of the NME and they’re not being replaced (like bingo) and no number of stunts is going to bring them in.
    And leaking articles to The Sun isn’t going to make yourself to your readers.

  • Breliant

    endear yourself to your readers, but it may generate additional income.

  • TheMojoPin

    I think joining the interwebs fulltime will drastically cut down on their love-to-hate schedule with their bands of the moment.

  • Anonymous

    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.”

  • Anonymous

    I think it would be a crying shame, but as mentioned above, I don’t read it any more. For fear of pointing out the obivious teenagers get their music from the ‘information superhighway’ these days, and don’t need it. On the other hands it’s another nail in the coffin of the music industry (NME could make bands) and, in the UK anyway, it means the loss of a certain kind of indie community.

  • CarsmileSteve

    man, popbitch have gone soft in their old age…

    either way as Matt points out on Tom’s post over on FT, having the actual paper thing as a focus/loss leader for the [ahem] brand seems a sensible way forward…