Two of Australia’s best-known magazines, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, are laying off all their staff and closing for good.
- Women’s Health and Men’s Health will stop publishing
- The magazine staff received shocking news on Monday morning.
Women’s Health Australia and Men’s Health Australia magazines have told their staff that the publications will close.
It is the latest in a series of job cuts hitting the media and technology industries as companies grapple with a looming economic crisis.
NCA NewsWire understands that Women’s Health and Men’s Health magazines, owned by Sydney-based publisher B-2-B Paragon Media, will be shut down.
Staff were told that Women’s Health and Men’s Health magazines (pictured) would shut down with most of the 20 employees on just two weeks’ notice. The two titles were purchased by Paragon Media in December 2020.
A source told NCA NewsWire staff at the two major lifestyle newspapers that they were shocked when they got the news Monday morning.
It is understood that all 20 staff will be affected.
The team has been offered their furlough rights, with most staff receiving only two weeks’ notice.
In a post on the Women’s Health Australia Facebook page, the brand’s social media staff posted a screenshot of an email exchange with the caption: “Monday vibes.”
The screenshot featured a meme of someone postponing a meeting saying they had “lost control of the day.”
The recipient replied, “Easily the most relatable email I’ve ever received.”
In a post on the Women’s Health Facebook page, the magazine’s social media staff posted a screenshot of an email with the headline: “Monday Vibes.”
It’s a huge blow to the staff after Paragon Media bought the two lifestyle brands in December 2020 with a promise to “recharge iconic brands.”
Former editors Jacqui Mooney and Scott Henderson returned to the publication after the magazines were phased out along with six other magazines owned by Bauer Media Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, InStyle, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Good Health, NW and OK! all were closed in July 2020.
NCA NewsWire has contacted Paragon Media for comment.