Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Manchester Media gossip: The Mix RIP

The magazine business is notoriously nut-like, so it may not come as an enormous shock that The Mix Manchester, the fledgling listings mag, has folded like an umbrella after only two issues. The publisher had "financial difficulties." This means the Bloggerel column is homeless, so you Manchester bloggers will just have to find another way of achieving fame/notoriety/mild embarassment with a single post. Special apologies to Dan Flynn of Mad Dan's Blog, whose bit about the genie in the pop bottle was to be featured in the doomed third issue.

It's not all doom and gloom on the media front: We're getting a new newspaper. The North West Enquirer will launch on April 28. It is to be a weekly paper covering the whole ginormous region from North Wales and Cheshire up through the Lakes, with a focus on the cosmopoliitan urbs of Liverpool and Manchester (where it is based.) It'll be interesting to see if this can help fill some of the arts and entertainment coverage gap left by City Life's closure. The website is at http://www.nw-enquirer.co.uk/ but there's nothing up yet.

What's more, I've heard another magazine, the Leicester-based 69-247, is launching a Northwest edition in September (yes, that's really what it's called ... The name just says class, doesn't it?) My links are not working now, but if you want to see the kind of thing you can expect from them, paste this into your browser: http://www.69-247.com/

6 comments:

ISLAND MONKEY said...

Thanks for the good bits of media goss although shame about the Mix...
Don't worry though - there will be better stuff around the corner I reckon.
PS - Thanks for the Sgt Pepper Musical Monkey link - I liked the reference to JL...

Bournemouth Runner said...

I take all the blame, I'm a jinx! I'm just surprised it staggered on for a second issue. No, seriously, though, that's a shame. Manchester should be big enough to support a magazine or two.

Dan Flynn said...

Y,

How odd, I've felt doomed for some time now. I wonder if there's a link?

yankunian said...

BR, it definitely is big enough. I think it's just a question of the right one coming along at the right time.

And seriously, if anyone is a jinx, it's me!

jonathan said...

A damn shame about The Mix, I really did think that first edition showed a lot of promise, and not just cos the front cover had a trio of beautiful Spanish film stars on it... oh well, I will guard my copy jealously, maybe, as you have said, it will be worth a fortune one day...

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna miss the Mix, but - don't get me wrong - surely they did a financial forecast before going ahead? Seems strange!