Bauer Media set to wind up distribution business Network Services early next year

Bauer logoNetwork Services CompanyBauer Media is understood to be winding up its Australian distribution business Network Services Company early next year, with rival distribution Gordon & Gotch to pick up the business.

The Australian Financial Review today reports the closure of the business from next year, suggesting some staff will be offered roles at Gordon & Gotch.

Bauer Media has slashed costs with staff cuts and closing or selling magazines – including Zoo Weekly, Top Gear AustraliaAustralian Motorcycle News and Women’s Fitness – since it acquired ACP Magazines in 2012.

Gordon & GotchThe move comes amid tensions over distribution practices from newsagents due to the oversupply of magazines and the different rules in place for supermarkets who are able to chose their own magazine range.

Industry body Magazine Publishers of Australia is trialling changes to the magazine supply model however newsagents have claimed they will still be at a competitive disadvantage against supermarkets.

Bauer Media declined to comment, while Gordon & Gotch has been approached for comment.


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