Consumer business magazines had a rough go in 2009. Even more than their general interest counterparts, business titles that are mostly reliant on advertising dollars get pounded when economic markets slide, jobless rates soar and marketer budgets evaporate.
Articles by Jason Fell
Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Media has added two trade show brands to its Travel Weekly magazine portfolio. The publisher today is expected to announce the acquisition of The Original Home Based Travel Agent Show and Conference from Real Trade Shows Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
After a stunted first half, media M&A showed some positive signs in the second half of 2009.
UPDATE: Magazine Closures BeginReed Business Information employees are bracing for some bad news following a memo on New Years Eve from CEO John Poulin.
Economic fallout. Bankruptcies. Dwindling advertising dollars. Shuttered magazines. Layoffs. Pay cuts. Dreams—shattered.
Need, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based “humanitarian” quarterly is set to close at the end of January unless its founders manage to get a cash infusion—fast.
Another Digital Newsstand To LaunchOnline digital publication company BlueToad said it plans to launch a new digital newsstand, called CoverStand, which will be available at no cost to publishers.
Trade publisher Lebhar-Friedman has sold Dowden Professional Publications to multimedia communications company Quadrant HealthCom Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.Included in the deal are Dowden’s four medical journals: OBG Management, Current Psychiatry, The Journal of Family Practice and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Also included is its events division.
After nearly a year since Ziff Davis Media shuttered the magazine, founder Steve Harris says he expects to relaunch Electronic Gaming Monthly with an April issue, due out in March. Previously, Harris eyed December 1 as the date the title would publish again in print and digital.
Watch out Playboy and Maxim.This spring, Harris Publications pulled the plug on hip-hop magazine King. Now, sister publication XXL reported Friday that the magazine will be relaunched before the end of the year—with a new focus.