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The Word magazine to close

By | Published on Friday 29 June 2012

The Word

Popular music magazine The Word is to cease publishing, its publisher David Hepworth confirmed this morning. The next issue, the August edition published in mid-July, will be the last. The independent title would have been ten years old next February.

Hepworth writes: “We regret to announce that the August issue of The Word, which will be published in the second week of July, will be the last. In the nine years since the magazine launched there have been dramatic changes in the media and the music business. These changes have made it more difficult for a small independent magazine to survive and provide its staff with a living. This hasn’t been made any easier by the economic climate of the wider world”.

He continues: “We would like to thank all the staff members past and present, plus the writers, photographers, illustrators, artists, PRs and advertisers who have helped make the magazine what it has been. We also want to thank the backers who have supported us throughout. Most of all we want to thank you, the readers. Your heartfelt involvement with the magazine – via its pages, its website, its events and its podcasts – have made the last nine years one of the most satisfying periods of our working lives. [Co-founder and Editor] Mark [Ellen] has written about this in greater detail in the August issue”.

It’s not clear whether this will have any impact on the rest of Hepworth’s business Development Hell, which also publishes Mixmag and social network site