Many of us read this magazine as young women, some of us would even deem it as a definite ‘rite-of-passage’ for young Australian women.  It has been confirmed by the publisher that after 40 years in print, Cleo will be closing its pages for good.

The Cleo Publisher Bauer Media Group, confirmed the magazine’s closure, with the last issue being the March edition, on sale from February 22.

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Image source: Instagram

A spokesperson for Bauer has announced that though the Australian edition of Cleo is indeed ending, the decision will not impact Cleo Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, which were bought by SPH Magazines in 2011.

Bauer has stated that it will continue to publish Cleo Thailand through its joint venture with Post International Media.

Today’s announcement comes just days after the Bauer told  ABC news that reports of Cleo’s imminent closure was “complete speculation”.

However, the announcement today obviously proves the reports were based on fact, not fiction as intimated.


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  • Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to waste money on non-essential things like magazines. I don’t think I missed out, but it has shaped my life today into being a practical person. I know CLEO was a first choice read among the popular kids at school.


  • i have not read it but it is a shame when people loose a favourite magazine. not to mention all the employees now looking for work.


  • Wow, that’s a shame to hear, especially for those who will lose their jobs. I wasn’t an avid reader but I’m sure there are people who will really miss it.


  • I remember Cleo. Girls used to bring it school and read it and if they weren’t careful they had it confiscated and thrown in the bin. Goodbye Cleo.


  • Not a big loss, though I’m sorry for those who lose their jobs.


  • Its sad to hear this but I think its a trend that is going to happen to a lot more magazines. With all the blogs and sites on the internet people will buy magazines less and less. Why buy when you can get it for free.


  • How sad. It’s the end of an era.


  • 40 years is still a good run for any enterprise.


  • So sad, I loved reading CLEO.


  • I think more magazines will stop printing, most young people don’t read them anymore like we used to. They just google things they want to find out and read gossip on the internet


  • OH yes I remember sneaking a look at many Cleo centrefolds. :-)
    Still remember the one with Jack Thompson.


  • A right of passage late teen magazine has gone – new ones enter the market and go just as quickly. At least Cleo had a long run.


  • yeah not suprising in this day and age. times are changing.


  • I loved this magazine as a teenager.


  • Wow what a shock. I used to get that mag as a teen too


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