Melody Maker to merge with NME – and it’s all our fault. “The magazine’s publisher IPC said increasing competition from music sites on the internet had prompted the decision” – well, OK, maybe they’re not precisely referring to Freaky Trigger.

Anyway, a mercy killing (and one which I’m late in blogging, too). Spookily we were in the pub reminiscing about IPC comics the night before the news was announced, and talking about how the comics would trail a merger with the dread phrase, “Great News For All Our Readers!”, i.e. “We are about to kill off three-quarters of your favourite characters.”. We speculated on an NME/MM merger – this one though seems particularly savage with only the bloody musicians section surviving, though frankly you can’t imagine there’s much else in MM nowadays worth saving.