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Last Updated: Thursday February 02 2006 12:00 GMT

Smash Hits mag decides to close

Smash Hits final magazine
Smash Hits magazine has announced it's about to shut down after being a much-loved mag for kids for 28 years.

The last issue of the magazine will go out on 13 February 2006 but the brand will live on in Smash Hits music TV and radio, and the Smash Hits website.

The people behind the magazine say they feel there is no longer such great demand for their mag as today's kids have more hi-tech ways to follow music.

They'll now put the money from the magazine into their other projects.

Smash Hits Facts
Smash Hit's first magazine
It could have been called Disco Fever, The Hit or The Pop
The first issues were created on a kitchen table
The first issue (see above) had a Belgian punk star called Plastic Bertrand on its cover
After just three issues it went from monthly to fortnightly
Its first editor Nick Logan was so anxious it wouldn't be a success he used a fake name
Smash Hits magazine has been around since 1978 and the faces of some of the most famous pop stars in the world have appeared on its cover.

The last figures for the magazine's sales showed it was still selling 120,063 copies a fortnight.

Mark Frith, who is now editor of Heat magazine but used to be editor of Smash Hits, said: "Anyone that grew up with Smash Hits or was lucky enough to work on it will always have a special place in their hearts for it.

"It has been a pioneering force in pop and we can look back fondly on the last 28 years.

"Today's teens want faster, deeper information about music and can now satisfy their hunger by accessing information about music on a whole range of new platforms including TV, the internet, mobiles and so on."

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