BBC Worldwide is closing its monthly BBC Vegetarian Good Food
The February issue, which goes on sale on 27 January, will be the
The publishing director Seamus Geoghegan blamed the closure on the
proliferation of information on meat-free cuisine.
He said: ’Recipes and other information about vegetarian food are now
widely available from other sources. It is common for people to eat
meat-free meals at least some of the time but not to consider themselves
The title was launched in 1992 - at the height of the vogue for
vegetarianism - as a quarterly spin-off to BBC Good Food. Its ABC peaked
at 83,639 in 1993 and has since been in decline. Its most recent ABC
figure for the first half of last year was 65,181.
BBC Worldwide is trying to find alternative positions for the eight
editorial staff but the ad sales staff, who cross-sold the title with
BBC Good Food, are unaffected by the closure. A departmental reshuffle
before Christmas cut the dedicated sales positions on the title.
Group ad director Justine Southall said: ’We had a good base of small
solus advertisers but bigger fmcg brands now have so many opportunities
to talk to vegetarians. Our audience was too discrete.’