Greg Casewell, operations manager of SMD Publishing has told the Guardian that it abandoned its January issue of lads’ mag FRONT because of IT issues caused by an office move.
The next issue is now reportedly due for publication at the end of January – dispelling rumours that the magazine was being folded by new owner SMD (website anyone?) after buying FRONT, Hot Dog and DVD World from Highbury House at the beginning of 2006.
It’ll be interesting to see what SMD does to salvage its relationship with its advertisers. And how will its readers react to the missing issue? More importantly, will they have noticed?