Iconic music magazine NME to stop print edition

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NME magazine is to stop its print edition after 66 years.

The iconic British music magazine, which will remain online, will still produce special editions in print such as the paid-for series NME Gold.

The NME’s infamous cover star interviews will also continue online, with ‘The Big Read’ becoming part of the digital franchise.

Launched in 1952, the magazine stopped being a paid for title in 2015 after circulation dropped to 15,000. The free, ad-funded edition saw NME achieve a huge boost in circulation, with figures rising to 300,000.

Messages of support and memories of the magazine have been posted online by former writers, contributors, bands and music fans. 

The Libertines said: "Very sorry to hear about the NME issuing its last print edition. Love to all the writers there who’ve helped us over the years, and to all of you that picked up a copy. Blessed to have had you in our corner."

Punk rock duo Slaves said: "RIP NME I still remember the feeling of our band first being mentioned in your hallowed pages. (And have a copy of every time we’ve been in it) Blessed to have been part of that historic magazine."

Time Inc UK is consulting with its commercial and editorial staff about possible redundancies.