Recently Bauer Media, a German conglomerate, which owned many of New Zealand’s magazines announced they were closing all of their New Zealand operations.

This includes iconic titles like The Listener, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Day, North & South, Metro, Fashion Quarterly and Next.
Whilst the classification of magazines as a non-essential business under alert level 4, no doubt has been blamed for the closure, there seemed to be a long lead up to this decision. COVID-19, many say, provided the final nail on the coffin.
Left in its wake are serious questions about the structure of the media industry here, and all eyes are now turning to theremaining private media companies running.