By Alyson Fixter
Britain’s leading magazine editors were due to confront the Prime
Minister on Thursday over fears that a controversial decision by the
Office of Fair Trading could cause hundreds of small magazines to fold.
One hundred members of the British Society of Magazine Editors
(BSME), headed up by GQ editor Dylan Jones, were offered the audience
with Tony Blair as part of the PM’s election campaign.
But they were expected to use the opportunity to question him on the OFT issue.
The OFT announced last month that laws on magazine distribution were anti-competitive and should be scrapped.
have warned that the result could be greater buying power for big
chains and more niche titles being taken off the shelves.
editors, including Jones, Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Elsa
McAlonan, editor of Woman’s Own, have also written to Blair about their
Jones said in advance of the meeting: “Blair will be
meeting with 100 magazine editors who, just on a quick survey of
readership figures, probably reach about seven eighths of the
The OFT ruling will be one of the questions we will
raise, along with the issues that came up [such as abortion] in the
pieces in Glamour and Cosmo this month.”