Q (magazine)

Q magazine logo.svg
CategoriesMusic magazine
Circulation44,050 (ABC Jul – Dec 2015)[1]
Print and digital editions.
PublisherBauer Media Group
First issueOctober 1986
Final issueJuly 2020
CountryUnited Kingdom

Q was a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1986 by broadcast journalists Mark Ellen and David Hepworth, who were presenters of the BBC television music series Whistle Test.[2]

Q was originally published by the EMAP media group and set itself apart from much of the other music press with monthly production and higher standards of photography and printing.[2] In the early years, the magazine was sub-titled "The modern guide to music and more". Originally it was to be called Cue (as in the sense of cueing a record, ready to play), but the name was changed so that it would not be mistaken for a snooker magazine. Another reason, cited in Q's 200th edition, is that a single-letter title would be more prominent on newsstands.

In January 2008, EMAP sold its consumer magazine titles, including Q, to the Bauer Media Group.[3][4] Bauer put the title up for sale in 2020, alongside Car Mechanic, Modern Classics, Your Horse and Sea Angler.[5][6][7] However, publication ceased in July 2020 as Kelsey Media decided to buy a number of non-music titles from Bauer (Sea Angler, Car Mechanics and Your Horse),[8] making the 28 July 2020 issue (Q415) the last to be published.[9] The end of Q was blamed both on lower circulation and advertising revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as being "a symptom of an expert-free internet age."[10]

  1. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (11 February 2016). "Full 2015 UK magazines ABC circulation breakdown: 60 out of 442 titles grow sales". Press Gazette.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 985. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (11 February 2008). "Blaxill joins Bauer Radio". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  4. ^ Barnett, Emma (27 March 2008). "Bauer lines up Q Radio relaunch date". PRWeek. London. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Planet Rock magazine to close, Q could survive under new ownership | Complete Music Update".
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (24 May 2020). "'Like a tap being turned off': music magazines fight for survival in UK" – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Sweney, Mark (18 May 2020). "Future of Q magazine in doubt as coronavirus crisis hits media" – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ https://pressgazette.co.uk/q-magazine-closes-modern-classics-bauer-fails-to-find-buyer/
  9. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (20 July 2020). "Q magazine to fold after 34 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  10. ^ McCormick, Neil (21 July 2020). "The death of Q magazine is a symptom of an expert-free internet age". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2020.