Bauer Media axes Rugby League Week magazine

Bauer Media has axed Rugby League Week just two weeks into the NRL season.

The publisher has reached an agreement whereby the NRL will acquire the magazine’s Immortals listing – an honour bestowed upon the game’s greatest-ever players, which Bauer currently owns the rights to. The NRL will also take on the magazine’s historical archive.

Ruby League Week, which was founded in 1970 had a weekly readership of 203,000, according to Bauer’s website.

Nick Chan, CEO of Bauer Media, said: “For more than four decades Rugby League Week has been a prominent voice connecting the game of rugby league to its fans. While it’s never an easy decision to close a brand with such a distinguished heritage, commercial realities and our focus on key consumer categories have led us to take this action.

“I want to thank all those who have worked on Rugby League Week over the years, in particular the current team of dedicated professionals led by editor Shayne Bugden and editor-in-chief Martin Lenehan, who have consistently produced outstanding league coverage for the audience.”

The decision to axe the magazine comes just three months after Bauer announced the closure of the Dolly print edition.

The final double issue of Rugby League Week will be published on March 27. 

Bauer will be discussing options with the impacted staff.


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