Weekly World News Closing

Posted on August 3, 2007

The Weekly World News - famous for its methodically researched stories about Bat Boy and Elvis sightings - is coming to an end. We are sure somewhere there is a Nostradamus quatrain that fortold of this but the publisher claims they folded because of challenges in the marketplace. Forbes reports that American Media Inc. ran a brief statement in the an issue of the newspaper that it would end with the August 27th issue.

The tabloid's publisher, American Media Inc., issued a brief statement that announced the Aug. 27 issue would be Weekly World News' last. It called the closure necessary "due to the challenges in the retail and wholesale magazine marketplace that have impacted the newsstand."

For all the headlines WWN has penned, it has also made headlines of its own. In 2001's deadly anthrax mailings, AMI's office in Boca Raton was targeted and a photo editor was killed. Since then, it has tended to lighter fare, including recent headlines "Mother Nature Endorses Gore for President" and "Why Moses Wandered in the Desert for 40 Years: He Lost the Map!"

AMI, which is based in Boca Raton and New York, did not immediately respond to questions seeking specifics on layoffs, circulation and business woes or plans for a final issue. The company only said WWN was the smallest of its publications, which include Star, National Enquirer and Men's Fitness.

If you were a fan of the newspaper you should be able to find plenty of alien and conspiracy websites on the Internet to fullfill your information needs.

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