Monday, 22 June 2009

Kiss them good-bye


Those of you reading Global Hipster, you know as of last Thursday that DIVA magazine has just closed down. As a matter of fact, the issue out at the moment is the last one. Surprised? Apparently so were the employees of Daphne Communications when the were told they are jobless one fine day.

It is really sad to see a Greek magazine closing. Slowly we are being left only with franchise titles... DIVA has always been special to me as it was the first fashion magazine I worked for since I was still a student at Central Saint Martins. I had chosen it particularly for that reason, being Greek. I feel sorry for everyone who got fired that way.

Same goes for everyone working at Eleftheros Tipos and City 99,5 FM, announced to be closing down too today due to constant losses.

Are we bad readers/listeners? Were they bad handlers?
Times are changing.

7 comments:

battered couture said...

I used to be part of an amazing effort to bring free interesting and fresh music to the people via City Fm. It was called CityLive and we broadcast every Sunday from Guru Upstairs, every Sunday with a different band and music genre alltogether. First it was the closing of Guru and now this... It's sad.

Alecca Rox said...

Oh, you must be particularly upset too then... Someone said Guru will reopen somewhere else, do u know anything about this?

lopi said...

Times are changing, indeed. It's not anyone's fault in particular. The "old media" should evolve in order to survive, and most importantly, listen to what the public needs that no-one else can't provide. The internet is nice, but I still buy my favourite fashion magazines.
The best will come through.

Thalia said...

that is so sad! city live was really great and gourou was one of fav bars in town! amazing coctails, nice people and music!!!

times are changing indeed and it just makes you wonder...what next?

Mairyliscious said...

dustuxws to kserw apo thn prohgumenh ebdomada pu epina kafedaki to prwi akousa na to leei h litsa patera oti stenoxwrithike pou pliroforithike to gegonos.....so sad......

Elena said...

It's really sad indeed.. Times are changing and the traditional media have to make changes that are not willing to. As a media student I have to battle those old-fashioned opinions every day.

Alecca Rox said...

Elena I wish you all the best.

In the above cases, the problem seems to be that the owners did not come from the publishing/radio fields and saw this only as business, lacking the vision, the passion and the expertice.

Brings money, good business. Does not bring money, bad business - close it down and move on. Evolving, fighting, changing is too much hassle for investors...