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The Word magazine shuts down after nine years

"The Word - a magazine, a website, a podcast, a way of life."

Monthly music magazine The Word is to close after nine years.

Co-founder David Hepworth has announced that the August issue will be the last.

The magazine, which has been running for over nine years, has featured cover artists as diverse as Prince, The Beatles and David Bowie and has won the coveted UK Music Magazine of the Year award twice.

Hepworth has stressed how the changes to the media and music businesses, as well as a difficult economic climate have created challenges for small, independent magazines to continue.

The magazine was founded by David Hepworth and Jerry Perkins, both of whom are former executive for the British media company EMAP.

David Hepworth, who has worked in media since the 70s, has also had writing featured in the Guardian, the Times and Independent.

Fellow founder Jerry Perkins has been publisher of Q and also worked closely with the EMAP Metro.

David made the announcement via his Twitter account:

The full explanation given on the website went on to thank the magazine's readers for their support, which he said had given him one of the most satisfying periods of his life.