Competition kills Irish celeb mag

Fierce competition in the celebrity sector has been blamed for the demise of Irish women’s magazine Who.

Editor Aoife Byrne is among the casualties. Mike Hogan of Hoson Publications blamed the closure on mounting competition from UK titles, most recently New! The Irish magazine sector is under serious financial pressure, with several publishers said to be facing big losses primarily because of the squeeze on advertising revenue.

But Hogan said he was still positive about prospects for Irish magazines and would continue to look out for fresh opportunities.

Who, which launched in 2002, combined Irish fashion coverage, international celebrity news and lifestyle features.

By Des Cryan in Dublin

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