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NME will no longer be available as a weekly magazine, its publisher has announced.The final edition will be released on Friday after 66 years as one of the UK's most iconic music publications.Its publisher Time Inc UK said the decision to stop its print edition is due to rising production costs and a "tough" advertising market.Instead, it will be "focusing investment on further expanding NME's digital audience".The magazine launched in 1952 and has featured global superstars on the front including David Bowie, Oasis, Dua Lipa, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith.
Its website launched in 1997 and the magazine went free in September 2015.Musicians and fans have been reacting to the news on social media.
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Very sorry to hear about the @NME issuing its last print edition. Love to all the writers there who’ve helped us over the years, and to all of you that picked up a copy. Blessed to have had you in our corner.— Libertines (@libertines) March 7, 2018
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RIP @NME I still remember the feeling of our band first being mentioned in your hallowed pages. (And have a copy of every time we’ve been in it) Blessed to have been part of that historic magazine. Report
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R.I.P. NME— Rowetta ? (@Rowetta) March 7, 2018
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Really sad to hear @NME will no longer print. Going to miss getting my copy every Friday at the bus stop ?— Naomi Jane ? (@naomijanewrites) March 7, 2018
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NME is shutting its print operations down.
Gutted to hear it but since I haven't brought it in years I'm also part of the reason...— Scarlett Gaul (@scarlettgaul) March 7, 2018
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Time Inc's UK group managing director Paul Cheal said: "NME is one of the most iconic brands in British media and our move to free print has helped to propel the brand to its biggest ever audience on "The print reinvention has helped us to attract a range of cover stars that the previous paid-for magazine could only have dreamed of."At the same time, we have also faced increasing production costs and a very tough print advertising market. "Unfortunately we have now reached a point where the free weekly magazine is no longer financially viable."Rock band Shame will feature on the final weekly print cover.NME will continue to publish special issues in print, such as its new paid-for series NME Gold.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.
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