Arena to close after 22 years

LONDON - Bauer Media has announced it will close men's magazine Arena after 22 years, a decision that could result in up to 12 redundancies.

Arena... will close
Arena... will close

Arena's final April issue goes on sale next Thursday, 12 March.

Bauer Media has now entered consultations with members of staff. The publisher says it will seek opportunities to re-deploy staff in other areas of group

Arena’s suspension does not affect the bi-annual style magazine offshoot Homme Plus, edited by Jo-Ann Furniss, which will continue to be published.

ABC figures for the period July to December 2008 showed Arena's circulation was 29,374, up 16.4 per cent year-on-year but down 4.9 per cent on the previous six months.