FHM and Zoo publisher Bauer Media has today ceased publication of the men’s magazines.Separate announcements were made on the each of the magazine’s websites this morning.
FHM’s website said: “Unfortunately it’s true and it has been announced today the intention to suspend publication of FHM. It’s been an absolute joy producing the magazine over the years. Thank you for all your support, we will keep you updated with developments over the coming weeks”.
The announcement marks the end of the 21 year-old magazine which became a successful quarterly publication in the mid-90s before going on to launch a series of international editions.
Zoo’s website released a statement which said: “It is with regret we have to inform you of the intention to suspend publication of Zoo.
“We've loved every minute of the near 12 years and 600-plus issues we've shared with you and would like to thank each and every one of you who've been there with us along the way.
“We'll keep you updated with any other news over the coming weeks and we hope you enjoy our last few issues. Trust us, they'll be good'uns.”
In a statement from Bauer Media, publisher Gareth Cherriman said “I greatly appreciate Damien McSorley’s leadership and the dedication and effort from both teams."
He continued: “I would like to thank our advertisers and retailers who have supported the brands and I’m sure that everyone who has worked on FHM and Zoo over the years will be sorry to hear this news.”
The news is part of a wave of changes in the mens magazine industry with fellow weekly publication Nuts closing in 2014 and Playboy magazine announcing that it would no longer show fully nude women in an effort to sidestep competition from online porn.