- Zoo Weekly
title = ZOO Weekly Magazine
image_caption = ZOO Australia -
23 July 2007edition
editor = Ben Todd
editor_title = Editor
frequency = Weekly
company = Bauer
firstdate = 2004
country = flag|United Kingdom
language = English
website = [http://www.zootoday.com/ www.zootoday.com]
"ZOO" is a weekly lads' mag in the
United Kingdom. It was launched on January 29 2004, as the second weekly men's magazine in the UK (the first being the similar, rival, magazine; "Nuts"). "ZOO" is published by EMAP Consumer Media, being launched by the editor Paul Merrill.
"ZOO" consists of a mix of sports commentary (mostly football), girls, jokes (of the Pub Joke style), a TV guide, and comical pictures sent in by readers.
"ZOO" is a weekly news magazine aimed at young men, also including articles on sport, TV, fashion and grooming.The magazine is currently priced at £1.50.
The launch edition was free, to compete with Nuts also launching their first edition free.
There is no age restriction on the magazine, however some stores such as ASDA and Londis (local) have signed a voluntary code not to sell to under 16's.But other outlets such as WH Smith and Local Newsagents (excluding Londis as stated above) will sell Zoo to any age.Fact|date=October 2007
Features in the UK edition include "Zoo's Knicker Draw", "The Hot List" and weekly extended "girl" features, along with weekly football and jokes.
Australian edition of ZOO was introduced on February 13, 2006with a special promotional issue that was free of charge. The first official issue came out a week later on February 20 2006. It features Krystal Forscuttand David Boonas columnists, and much the same features as its British counterpart, except the sport commentary is mainly rugby leagueand Australian rules football.
The current spokesperson/models used regularly in "Zoo Weekly" are former
Big Brother Australiacontestants Krystal Forscutt, Emma Cornell and Susannah Murray. [ [http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22094466-5006002,00.html BB girl runs off with housemate] - The Daily Telegraph, " 19 July 2007"]
The current issue price is $4.25 (
AUD) but several issues have been $1.95, $2.50 and some prices higher than usual.
In May 2006, the Australian model
Lara Bingletook legal action against EMAP Australia, claiming defamationby the magazine when it allegedly published photographs of the model without her permission in the March 27 2006issue.
On September 16, 2007, it was reported that the professional golfer
Nikki Garretthad instructed her lawyers to begin an action against "Zoo Weekly" in the Australian Federal Court.
The matter related to the January 29, 2007, edition of "Zoo Weekly" in which a photo of Garrett - taken for a charity fund-raiser - was reproduced in the magazine accompanied by an allegedly salacious caption. [Golf star sues, The Age, September 16, 2007 [http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/golf-star-sues-over-lustful-claim/2007/09/15/1189277050421.html] ]
In April 2008, they offered an all-expenses divorce in a competition. Under the competition one lucky, disgruntled husband will get a chance to "unleash themselves back to bachelorhood" without having to spend a cent on the inconvenience of lawyers.
outh African edition
Following the successes of "ZOO Weekly" in the
United Kingdomand Australia, the South African edition launched on 6 October, 2006under a joint venture between UK publisher EMAP Consumer Media and South African media giant Media24. The magazine was published in both English, as "ZOO Weekly", and Afrikaans, as "ZOO Weekliks". The edition was discontinued by February 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.marketingweb.co.za/marketingweb/view/marketingweb/en/page71627?oid=101203&sn=Marketingweb%20detail|title=Another Media24 title closes|publisher=MarketingWeb|accessdate=7 July|accessyear=2008]
* [http://www.zootoday.com/ ZOO Weekly UK]
* [http://www.zooweekly.com.au/ ZOO Weekly Australian edition]
* [http://www.fhm.co.za/ ZOO Weekly South African edition]
* [http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story3385.shtml Stealing content]
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