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April 30, 2019

ESPN to cease print magazine publication

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Bristol sports programming giant ESPN announced Tuesday it will discontinue its 21-year-old print magazine in September.

Blaming changing consumer habits, the Disney-owned sports network said the print version of ESPN the Magazine will cease following September’s release of The Body Issue.

ESPN said the publication will still air stories online, and will consider producing special print editions -- like The Body Issue.

“Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact,” ESPN said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well.”

There were no layoffs announced Tuesday, but cuts are likely to be made in September, according to Sports Business Daily, which reported that the move was triggered as part of a restructuring.

Launched in March 1998, the publication has recorded revenue losses for several consecutive years, the report said.

ESPN last publicly announced layoffs in 2017 when it announced 150 job cuts  in studio production, digital content and technology.

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