They’re back! Rock magazines reappear after sale to Future plc
Two months ago TeamRock announced that it would have to shutdown its magazines, gone into administration, and with it the loss of 73 jobs – but Future plc bought the magazines back, and today they celebrate new issues
The fans of rock magazines Metal Hammer and Classic Rock will be thrilled to learn that they are back again, only two months after it appeared to be the end of the line.
TeamRock, which originally bought the titles from Future plc in 2013 for £10.2 million, said that they would be going out of business, and in addition to the shuttering of the magazines, 73 jobs would be lost.
But, but, but… then Future bought the titles back, saving the day for fans of the magazines.
“Just under two months ago, Metal Hammer was told our parent company was being shut down, and that we were out of business,” the editors wrote online. “Today, it gives us the greatest pleasure to officially bring you the brand new issue of Metal Hammer magazine – and it features one of our biggest exclusives ever and one of the most stacked issues we’ve ever put together.”
See, anything is possible. Maybe we will see McGraw-Hill buy back Engineering News-Record, or Martha Stewart buy back her branded magazine from Meredith… or maybe not.
But we will see a new issue of Prog Magazine, the third of the three magazines reacquired by Future.
Oh, and finally: the publisher has updated the apps for both Metal Hammer and Classic Rock today, as well. Users of the old apps will have to update this app, then hit “Restore iTune Purchases” in order to get their old digital magazines back.