Possible closure

Emap teen magazine J-17 is facing closure as part of the review that could also see the demise of The Face, writes Ruth Addicott.

J-17 has been hit by fierce competition from other titles in the teen sector and suffered a decline in sales over the past year.

Circulation was down 6 per cent to 134,650 in the ABCs last month, and while Emap has tried to boost sales by adding covermounts such as the free manicure nail set on the cover of this week’s issue, Emap executives will decide its future over the next two weeks.

During its lifetime, J-17 has undergone a number of relaunches and new frequencies in a bid to drum up sales. In 1997 it moved from weekly to monthly and relaunched as a perfect-bound glossy.

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