BBC Australian Good Food magazine to close

australian good foodBBC Worldwide and ACP’s joint venture BBC Australian Good Food magazine is to close because of a lack of advertising.  The title was produced by Park Publishing as a joint venture between the two publishers.

The axing of the four year old monthly comes less than a month since NewsLifeMedia announced that it was closing Masterchef magazine.

The magazine’s last audited circulation was 68,155. The title was edited by former Australian Home & Garden deputy editor Betty Baboujon with Neale Whitaker as editor-in-chef.

The December/ January edition will be its last.

A statement said: “In a highly competitive market the magazine has not secured the advertising support it needed, and having fallen short of commercial expectations the partners have decided to discontinue the local printed edition.”

A spokesman for ACP said that four staff were affected although it was hoped that all of them could be redeployed.

Publisher Brendon Hill said in the statement: “Both partners would like to express our gratitude to an amazing team of professional staff who created an exceptional editorial product. Recent readership performance has been category leading and closure was an extremely difficult decision to make.”

The statement said staff were being consulted about their futures.

The announcement comes on the even of the latest set of magazine circulation figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


  1. Jack B. Nimble
    8 Nov 12
    3:27 pm

  2. Interesting, one wonders how many more closures we will see in the wake of tomorrow’s circulation numbers? And how many more ACP magazines will face the Bauer axe, with the December or January issue being the last?

  3. Argh
    8 Nov 12
    5:58 pm

  4. I just bought a subscription!! Do I get to move that subscription across I wonder??

  5. LW
    8 Nov 12
    7:46 pm

  6. Argh, I am sure ACP will offer an equivalent-priced subscription to another title of your choice for the remainder of the term, that’s standard practice.

  7. Nick
    8 Nov 12
    8:48 pm

  8. Atomic magazine closed today too… A 12yr old legendary Australian-born-and-bred tech magazine that inspired other publications around the world. Vale.

  9. defender of troglodytes
    9 Nov 12
    1:58 pm

  10. Pity, pity, pity. It was a great mag. Another good one goes under.

  11. Anna
    9 Nov 12
    2:37 pm

  12. That’s a real shame – it’s a great magazine.

  13. Anonymous
    9 Nov 12
    6:12 pm

  14. Very Disappointing – I love the mag, and bought it from the beginning.


  15. Gwen
    10 Nov 12
    10:19 pm

  16. Sad to see another mag go but that cover is just awful. I’m comparing it to the UK version and it looks amateur. I certainly wouldn’t want to cook that recipe.

  17. LW
    11 Nov 12
    10:16 am

  18. Wow Gwen, I’m sure they will be thrilled to hear your kind feedback…

  19. JR
    11 Nov 12
    9:02 pm

  20. Gwen, will have to disagree – I have the UK version and for the most part, the Australian cover is usually better, then again the old adage, “never judge a book by it’s cover” definitely holds true. I’ve only recently subscribed but have purchased previous digital editions through the APC app in iTunes. If they looked at other forms of digital subscriptions services like Zinio, I am sure they will be able to increase their readership base. 310,000 subscriptions and 68,000 from general sales is not a number to be sneezed at considering another mag Master Chef is around 65,000 subscription mark. That said I am sad to see GoodFood go, it’s a fantastic magazine which our household has come to love in the past half year.

  21. Kiwichick
    12 Nov 12
    10:32 am

  22. Very sorry to see this magazine go. I have brought every issue since it started & will realy miss it.
    Gwen will have to disagree with you, when I recevied my issue in the mail I rushed straight out & brought everything I needed to make the cover recpie! Very tasty it was too.

  23. Spot5031
    20 Nov 12
    8:09 pm

  24. I have just learned that this mag is no more. I am so sad – living overseas I look forward to receiving it each month as a link to home. I disagree with Gwen – I much prefer the look and recipes of the Aussie Good Food to the UK version.

  25. Janet Wheadon
    25 Nov 12
    6:27 pm

  26. Really disapointed about the closure.. it was an enjoyable magazine to read and the receipes worked!

  27. Bev Stewardson
    5 Dec 12
    12:56 pm

  28. This is a tragic loss. I subscribed to the UK version for many years, changing to the Australian one about eighteen months ago – it is far superior in that the recipes are generally more modern, healthier and fun / different. I will really miss it