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Drummer magazine to close as part of Future/Blaze Publishing deal

Daniel Gumble
Drummer magazine to close as part of Future/Blaze Publishing deal

Future Publishing has today (Monday, June 13th) revealed that it is closing Drummer magazine, which it purchased as part of the recent Blaze Publishing acquisition, with its August issue set to be the final edition.

Last month, Future bought out Blaze Publishing and it’s full portfolio of music titles and events, which included Acoustic Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine, iDrum and Drummer, along with The London Acoustic Show, The London Bass Guitar Show and The London Drum Show.

However, Future has today announced that it will be ceasing publication of Drummer magazine, while digital title iDrum will receive increased investment. MI Pro has submitted an enquiry as to whether or not jobs will be affected and is awaiting a response from Future Publishing.*

The announcement suggest an increased push towards digital publishing for the publishing house, which already boasts a strong consumer portfolio consisting of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Rhythm, Future Music, Computer Music and MusicRadar.com.
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Editor-in-chief of Future’s music magazines, Daniel Griffiths, will expand his remit and will now oversee the enlarged music portfolio.

Joe McEvoy, managing director, Magazine Division at Future, said: “We welcome the teams from Blaze and look forward to working with them to develop their brands and introduce them to new audiences as part of the most exciting music portfolio in the world.”

Clare Dove, commercial sales director at Future, added: “The introduction of these hugely respected and established brands to our market leading portfolio, allows us to offer even greater opportunities and reach to our clients.

“The events in particular are an exciting new addition and have an exciting and natural cohesion with all of our brands.”

• A Future spokesperson has since confirmed that currently one job is affected, although the firm may look to redeploy affected staff internally.

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