August 10, 2022

British music magazine Q will close after 34 years, hit by the coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Britain’s music magazine Q is folding after 34 years in business as the coronavirus outbreak accelerated a downturn in the media sector, forcing the publication to cease trading.

The monthly magazine’s editor, Ted Kessler, announced its closure in a tweet on Monday, saying the coronavirus pandemic had hurt the magazine’s business.

Q was the latest outlet in the media and publishing industry to be affected by the pandemic. British newspaper publisher Reach Plc RCH.L and the BBC broadcaster recently announced a series of job cuts.

“I must apologize profusely for my failure to keep Q afloat,” Kessler said in a letter from the editor for the final issue. “We have been a lean company throughout my tenure, employing a variety of means to help us stay above water in an extremely challenging print market. Covid-19 wiped out all of that.

The last issue will be published on July 28.

Germany-based Bauer Media Group, which is Q’s parent company, put the music magazine up for sale in May after a sharp drop in sales and ad revenue during the pandemic.

Bauer Media said Modern Classics would also stop running because the company was unable to find new buyers for both publications.

Founded in 1986 by music journalists Mark Ellen and David Hepworth, Q gained popularity with their long-running plays on the UK rock and alternative scenes.

English indie band The Vaccines and musician Tim Burgess joined the magazine’s chorus of music-loving readers on social media, expressing their disappointment at its closure.

The upcoming final issue, titled “Adventures with Legends 1986-2020,” compiles some of the magazine’s best interviews, including with David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Prince.

Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Cooney