NME will end its free weekly print edition

The British music media group will focus on digital operations.

March 07, 2018
<i>NME</i> will end its free weekly print edition Wiley attends the VO5 NME Awards 2017. February 15, 2017.   Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images

NME has announced the end of its run as a free print magazine, Music Week reports.


NME (or New Musical Express) became one of the U.K.'s best known and most influential music publications after its debut in 1952. It transitioned from a paid weekly in 2015 – the current issue will be the NME's final free publication. "We have... faced increasing production costs and a very tough print advertising market," Time Inc. UK group managing director Paul Cheal said in a statement, adding that "the free weekly magazine is no longer financially viable."

Cheal said that NME will focus on an expansion of its digital sector with a weekly online cover feature called "The Big Read," as well as two music channels available online called NME 1 and NME 2. "NME 1 will champion new talent on NME’s radar and NME 2 will feature a range of artists and NME classics," Cheal's statement reads. NME plans to continue exploring options for print editions, including through NME Gold, a premium paid print edition.

Read the statement in full at Music Week.

NME will end its free weekly print edition