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Weekly World News Folds

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 08:19:10 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 08:19:10 -0400
Subject: Weekly World News Folds

Source: Laurel Touby's MediaBistro.Com - New York, NY, USA


Monday, Jul 23

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Weekly World News Killed By Aliens, Zombie Elvis, Declining

R.I.P. Weekly World News. The imaginative tabloid, which gave
the world Bat Boy, Ed Anger and a woman celebrating her 7-year
wedding anniversary with a space alien, is no more. They're
shuttering the publication in August. No reason was given.

Staff writer Bob Greenberger commented on his blog:

"Friday morning, Jeff Rovin comes in for a meeting and then the
staff was to be called in. He's looking harried, not at all
relaxed. At 11:30, we're finally shown into an office where we
are told the Board of Directors has chosen to close Weekly World
News. The reasons given make no sense. We're stunned and shell-
shocked. We're to stay on through August 3, finishing the
reprint issues and then we're done. A glorious, funny, odd
publication, born in 1979, will go out with a whimper and all I
can think is that something's going on that they're not telling
us because it just doesn't make sense."

The UFO - and Bigfoot - loving tabloid had its share of fans.
The Economist ran a loving obituary for late WWN editor Eddie
Clontz and the Wall Street Journal even found room to praise the
magazine. It was also known as a reliable source of paychecks
for science fiction and fantasy writers looking to make a few
extra bucks.

Unfortunately, the tabloid's circulation sharply declined over
the past five years and there's also speculaton that publisher
American Media's financial troubles might have something to do
with it.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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