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.



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