NZME hands back Pacific Mags titles

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NZME has announced it will not be renewing its licence with Pacific Magazines to produce New Idea, Girlfriend and That’s Life magazines when it expires on Wednesday 30 September.

Chief operating officer Phil Eustace says NZME will cease to publish the three magazine titles from that date. “The rights to publish will revert back to Pacific Magazines, who have indicated that the magazines will continue to be published in New Zealand,” he said.

NZME gave no reasons for its abandonment of the titles.

But Eustace did pay tribute to the team of 25 in the magazine department affected. “Consultation with employees has been initiated,” he said.

“Everyone has worked tirelessly across sales, marketing, subscriptions and editorial to publish quality content. It has been a great partnership and Pacific Magazines have been excellent business partners, which we are very grateful for.”

He confirmed that reader subscriptions and advertising bookings would be honoured by Pacific Magazines.

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