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Print magazines on the decline

It is not yet visible, because many magazines can still be bought at local kiosks. But the fact is that fewer and fewer Danish citizens are buying magazines, reports the daily Politiken.

In 2012, every third household in Denmark was still spending money on magazine purchases every month. In the past year, the number had fallen to one in four households, shows a new Gallup poll. The printed magazines are therefore under immense pressure, according to Politiken. As sales decline, there is a negative cycle of falling interest from advertisers and kiosk owners who do not want to sell the magazines.

According to Politiken, 25 magazines have therefore discontinued their printed version of the magazine within the past five years - and these are not just smaller magazines. The large women's magazine Woman and the music magazine Soundvenue have been on the shelves of the past since February.

The media researcher at the University of Aarhus, Karen Klitgaard Povlsen, sees two reasons why the magazines are on the march back. “People no longer want to read the magazines as much as they used to. And it has also become more difficult to buy, ”said Povlsen about Politiken.

Ten years ago, she said, there was still a dense network of local kiosks selling magazines. "Today these are often occupied by 7-11 and they tend to focus on selling drinks and fast food," explains Povlsen.

Adapt business model

The magazine's business model is also problematic, says the director of the Aller magazine group, Charlotte Riparbelli. "It is important to understand that, in general, it is the business model that is under pressure and not the journalistic content of the magazines," Riparbelli said of Politiken.

A majority of the magazines discontinued at Aller were youth magazines. “We then offered our product to the youth free of charge on the online video platform Youtube and Snapchat. Our analyzes show that it works, ”says Riparbelli.