Racy lad mag Zoo Weekly to close; last edition October 12

Stuff co.nz 17 September 2015
Zoo Weekly has become the latest men’s magazine to leave news stands, with publisher Bauer Media on Thursday confirming that poor sales will see its final edition published on October 12.

“With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations. I would like to thank the teams here at Bauer, as well as the advertisers and retailers who have supported the brand,” Bauer chief executive David Goodchild said.

Associate publisher Ewen Page said it was a tough decision to close the Australian magazine, which is sold in New Zealand and was targeted this week by Family First. A different edition of the magazine is printed in the United Kingdom.

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie had called for the supermarket to ban the magazine and said on Thursday he welcomed its demise.

“We give some of the credit to groups in both Australia and here in New Zealand who spoke up and highlighted the misogynistic messages which were being normalised in the publication. It’s disappointing that Countdown and other retailers weren’t willing to take a moral lead rather than put up a commercially-driven ‘white flag’.”

It was a sign of a confused society when rape culture and the sexual objectification of men, women and children was promoted under the guise of freedom of speech “while at the same time expressing an abhorrence of the ‘Roastbusters’ mentality and lament our unacceptable rates of sexual violence in New Zealand. We can either speak up or remain silent. We won’t be silent,” he said.

Zoo to come off NZ shelves – but it won’t be because retailers pulled it
OneNewsNow 18 September 2015
Zoo Weekly magazine will shut down – and a New Zealand family values group says good riddance.

The final edition of the lads’ mag, which is published by Bauer Media, will be released on October 12 this year, with the magazine saying in a statement that its closure was due to “tough retail conditions”.

Family First NZ welcomed the closure, after it this week campaigned for the magazine to be removed from supermarket and store shelves.

“The magazine normalises the sexualisation and objectification of women, teaches boys to be predatory, encourages sexual harassment and violence, and is harmful to young people,” director Bob McCroskrie said in a statement.

Zoo magazine to shut doors
NewsTalk ZB 18 September 2015
Another ‘lads magazine’ is calling it quits.

Bauer Media has announced it will publish its final edition of Zoo Australia on October 12.

The publisher said the decision’s driven by what it calls “tough retail conditions”.

Ralph Australia finished in 2010 and FHM Australia stopped being published in 2012.

Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie welcomes Zoo’s demise, and said the community is sick of misogynistic magazines.

He believes the next step to combating rape culture is to stop young people being exposed to negative sexual messages online.

“We know that the internet is awash with this type of stuff and the question we’ve got to ask ourselves is ‘Are we willing to take action to stem some of that flow’.”