UK music magazine NME will be a free weekly from September. More than 300k copies will be distributed nationally through stations, universities and retail partners.
Says Marcus Rich, CEO of Time Inc. UK: “This famous 63 year-old brand was an early leader in digital and has been growing its global audience successfully for the best part of 20 years. It has been able to do so because music is such an important passion and now is the right time to invest in bringing NME to an even bigger community for our commercial partners.”
Mike Williams, editor of NME, adds: “NME is already a major player and massive influencer in the music space, but with this transformation we’ll be bigger, stronger and more influential than ever before. Every media brand is on a journey into a digital future. That doesn’t mean leaving print behind, but it does mean that print has to change, so I’m incredibly excited by the role it will now play as part of the new NME. The future is an exciting place, and NME just kicked the door down.”
• Launched in 1952 as the New Musical Express, NME magazine has provided weekly music news, reviews and features for more than six decades.