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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: A Timeline Of Magazine Closings

taylor_swift_blender_cover-x622200.jpgIt’s been a tough year for the publishing industry, and magazines in particular have had it rough. Every major publisher has had to shutter at least one of its titles, and some of our favorite glossies have gone to that great magazine rack in the sky.

While it would take forever to list all the over 400 magazines that have folded this year, we here at FishbowlNY put together a timeline of some of the bigger names that were shuttered this year. The bad news? It looks like in the last six months of the year the number of titles snowballed. Here’s hoping that 2010 looks a lot brighter.

After the jump, our timeline

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Another Magazine Closure: Nickelodeon Folds

nickmag.pngIt’s been a rough week for magazines. After learning of Radio & Records‘s closure yesterday, today comes news that Nickelodeon Magazine Group plans to fold its Nick and Nick Jr. magazines by the end of the year.

“As I am sure everyone knows, the magazine publishing industry as a whole is severely challenged, and because of that, we have decided to exit the magazine business and will cease publishing them by the end of this year,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group said in an internal memo, according to Mediaweek.

Monthly Nick magazine was aimed at boys and girls ages six to 14, and had a rate base of 650,000. Nick Jr. was geared toward preschool aged children and their moms, with a rate base of 250,000.

Requests for information from Viacom’s corporate communications office (Viacom owns Nickelodeon and its parent MTV Networks) were not immediately returned.

Nielsen Folds Radio & Records

R&R.pngNielsen Co. has shuttered weekly radio and recording industry newspaper Radio & Records, a company spokesperson confirmed this morning.

A report about the pub’s closure written by R&R Washington bureau chief Jeffrey Yorke was picked up by a few publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, which is also owned by Nielsen.

According to Yorke’s account, publisher Howard Appelbaum called a “Town Hall Meeting” for R&R staff across the country, where he “told employees that it was a ‘tough decision’ but that the magazine’s ‘macro did not work’ in this economic climate.” Yorke reported that all jobs had been eliminated and that some of R&R‘s coverage would be moved over to Nielsen-owned Billboard. (Update: Billboard will run the radio airplay charts that R&R used to publish, but none of the editorial that the pub would have covered.)

Nielsen spokesperson Gary Holmes told FishbowlNY that less than 30 jobs had been eliminated. Those positions are “scattered around the country” with a majority in Los Angeles. R&R‘s current issue is the pub’s last, Holmes said.

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