A spokesperson for DC Thomson has confirmed the business is “carrying out a review of its magazine business to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing publishing industry and the turbulent economy.” The news follows the announcement that in response to “challenging trading conditions” DC Thomson’s Animal Planet publication is to close with immediate effect with its 22nd issue being its last.
The bumper final issue will be unveiled on 8 August, and will be on sale until December.
Problems have also struck the groups teen fashion and beauty magazine Shout. Though the magazine will remain in publication, DC Thomson has decided to stop all Shout magazine fashion shoots. Which their spokesperson has confirmed will “with regret, result in us [DC Thomson] entering into consultation with some staff members.
“In total, two staff members are at risk of redundancy.”
DC Thomson’s spokesperson advised that staff would be redeployed wherever possible and that the publisher would continue to develop its magazine operation and portfolio to create an efficient business model that will build on the strength of its existing brands.