Australian women’s magazine Cleo will reportedly close its doors after 44 years.
Staff, including their editor Lucy Cousins, at the iconic magazine will be informed of the news on Friday, sources have told The Daily Telegraph.
The magazine is published by Bauer Media Group, which shut down Cleo’s website without fanfare last month.
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Australian women’s magazine Cleo will reportedly close its doors after 44 years. Above is the most recent cover featuring Adele
A Bauer spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the reports were ‘pure speculation’.
‘The publisher is on holiday at the moment. He’s not in the country. I’ve got no further comment and nothing is being issued today,’ he said.
In the 12 months leading up to September 2015, the publication’s readership had declined by 16 per cent, according to Roy Morgan research.
Cleo’s first edition was published in November 1972 and was started up by veteran journalist Ita Buttrose at the helm with the late media mogul, Kerry Packer.
Cleo featured articles that empowered women covering topics such as sex and contraception, and published the first male centrefold of actor Jack Thompson
Ita Buttrose (left) was the first editor of Cleo magazine and Lisa Wilkinson (right) was Cleo’s youngest ever editor at the age of 21
Cleo magazine’s first edition was published in November 1972. Pictured above is the cover
This is supermodel Elle MacPherson on the cover of Cleo magazine in 1984
It featured articles that empowered women covering topics from ‘What happens when you have a hysterectomy?’ to ‘Contraception: What you need to know’.
In 1975, the magazine published its first male centrefold of actor Jack Thompson.
The story of Cleo’s rise was told in the ABC television series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, starring Offspring star Asher Keddie as Buttrose.
The magazine has catapulted the careers of Australia’s most respected media personalities, including Channel Nine’s Today show host Lisa Wilkinson who became editor of the publication at the age of 21, and Mamamia founder Mia Freedman.
For its time, Cleo was forward-thinking with its controversial sealed section that had more explicit and mature content.
Notable winners of the competition include Osher Gunsberg (left) in 2004, comedian Andy Lee (centre) in 2006, actor Firass Dirani (right) in 2010
Cleo was the creation of Buttrose and the late media mogul, Kerry Packer (left with his wife, Ros)
The issue from December 2015 featured Australian model Shanina Shaik on the cover
An example of sealed section topics including orgasms, nipples, breast size, sexual habits and libido, according to a 1984 cover with supermodel Elle MacPherson on the front.
In 1987, the magazine’s Bachelor of the Year competition was introduced, with AFL player Matt Buntine crowned last year’s winner.
Notable winners of the competition include radio host Kyle Sandilands in 1997, television personality Osher Gunsberg in 2004, comedian Andy Lee in 2006, actor Firass Dirani in 2010 and Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan in 2011.
Cover girls of Cleo magazine include models Cindy Crawford (left) and Bambi Northwood Blyth (right)
The Hart sisters, Jess and Ashley, got together for this intimate cover