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Old 29 Apr 2020, 22:37 (Ref:3973705)   #196
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Not as important as context. It is the least important thing in that press release.

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Old 30 Apr 2020, 07:06 (Ref:3973735)   #197
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Tells you all you need to know about the current Autosport. That Editorial donít even know that itís only published 51 weeks of a year.

Gregor Grant will be turning in his grave at how it has fallen.

Yes, but who is to blame ? I suggest the customer - most of whom now rail at paying anything for motorsport news (or Motorsport News ) , even at little more than the price of a coffee from Costa (remember those? we had cafes in olden times).



Ever since F1 and motorsport meant the same thing for many , the magazine lost readers like me who are interested in the whole sport, from club racing and speed events up to F1 . Far fewer people get off their lazy backsides and watch anything live - and exist on the fatty diet of F1 and F1 alone .


Autosport only reflects that - where more prominence is given to a tweet from Lewis , or the demise of a sponsor , than the whole previous weekend's racing here , excepting only Goodwood . Just look at the F 1 forum - page after bloody page about (yawn ) Rich Energy and compare and contrast with national racing content
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Old 30 Apr 2020, 08:27 (Ref:3973744)   #198
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Shame this had to happen, but it's not really a surprise. At least they are compensating for those who subscribe to the Mag with online content. And it was nice that have put the digital magazine online immediately this morning
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Old 30 Apr 2020, 13:41 (Ref:3973799)   #199
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it’s a smart business decision - they can provide content through their online presence so what’s the problem?

i think people over-dramatise ~institutions sometimes. the magazine was important for me at one time too but technology has moved on.
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Old 30 Apr 2020, 15:59 (Ref:3973819)   #200
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Some hilarious comments.

People rail at paying stupid money for nothing content, it is as simple as that, racing magazines, especially weeklies have very little place in the modern world unless they are on subjects people want to read about and motorsport is not one of them.

Plenty of other weekly publications keep going, sadly I stopped buying either donkeys years ago when they became more ads and pictures than content.

Seems I was years ahead of the times. And to be fair monthly magazines are not much better often led by ads, pictures and fluff instead of good hard copy, good writing and decent journalism.

Most of them can be read in a few minutes, MN used to take hours to read.

Good riddance I say. How they lasted this long is beyond me. When a magazine now costs over a fiver, that is what rails people, for hardly any content or much less than it used to have, a pretty picture and fluff. It is that simple, people vote with their feet, and these magazines have been led by the wrong sort of people for decades. If they had been led better they might still be being read.

You also have to add the abject mess up they made with the pricing, online thing some time ago put thousands off and rightly so.

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Old 30 Apr 2020, 16:26 (Ref:3973826)   #201
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I think it is more a reflection of the current situation. There is no motorsport taking place in most of the world (let's ignore esports) so a weekly has nothing to write about.

There is no point re-hashing old articles of previous GP's for the sake of printing something.

We will have to wait and see if the print edition does return in the future or if it remains just online.
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Usually we see some great retro articles when there are no racing on, but itís still an understandable decision. Follow Ye Olde Autosport on Twitter if you can, Autosport are doing just that

Just a shame they got rid of the old site, for reasons best known to themselves. I miss the old gems from there
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I think the biggest danger to the future of the print edition is losing the shelf space at the newsagents.

By not publishing the newsagent will fill the space left with another publication, when Autosport decide to restart the newsagent may decide not to stock it on the grounds the shelves are full.

Circulation drops because people can't find it, downward spiral to the bottom. Or is that what Motorsport Network want?
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Most newsagents / Supermarkets don't procure magazines on an individual title level.

They deal with a wholesaler who will simply provide them with a range of titles, based generally on sales figures but other factors can play a role.

This list will mostly be based on historic sales figures, it's pretty rare to see a new title appear.

Some of the major ones in the UK are: GKML, Marketforce, Frontline (who Autosport used to be with before Haymarket split, not sure of the current arrangement).
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