BRISTOL - ESPN has announced that it will no longer offer a print edition of its magazine.
“Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well,” the company said in a statement. “The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail.”
ESPN The Magazine, which was first published in March 1998, will no longer print following the release of its “Body” issue in September. It will still be offered in a digital format, and the company said it would consider releasing special feature print editions. The magazine competes with the likes of Sports Illustrated.
“Our journalists will continue to create the same exceptional content,” the statement said.
“Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact. In the future, we will explore releasing tentpole collections such as Body in special, differentiated print formats.”
ESPN’s statement did not address whether the discontinuation of the print edition would affect staffing.
Amid declining cable ratings, the company in late 2017 announced it would lay off 150 employees. This was preceded by the elimination of 100 positions on April 2017, 300 layoffs in 2015 and another round of layoffs in 2013.
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