Cover photo: TMX News Morecambe, England
Reflecting the difficult and challenging times facing the sport at the moment, TMX News (formerly Trials & Motocross News) announced on 1st April that it had been forced to temporarily suspend production of the weekly newspaper, due to the Covid-19 pandemic which is affecting every single country on the globe.
This is the first time that the paper has ceased production since it was founded in May 1977. No date for recommencement of the publication has been given, which is understandable given the current uncertainties worldwide.
In an online statement from TMX News editor, Anthony Sutton explained that with the complete cessasion of motorcycle sport, it became more difficult to justify keeping the presses rolling.
Originally owned by Lancaster & Morecambe Press, TMX News has been part of the JPIMedia group (formerly Johnston Press) for many years, a publishing group which has many titles under its control, which was formed in Scotland in 1767, it has since 2018 been a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) owned by creditors.
Sutton said in the official statement: “… we’ve also seen a significant downturn in revenue with many of our normally very supportive advertisers suspending trading or finding the current conditions downright difficult.”
The company have also taken the difficult decision to suspend both TMX and Dirt Bike Rider magazine, online and in print. The suspension takes effect week commencing 6th April and will be reviewed in line with any changes to government advice.
TMX filled a gap in the market in 1977 when the established motorcycle papers gave less column inches to both trials and motocross events and had cut down on the number of reporters going to cover off-road events. It was founded by the first editor Bill Lawless in Morecambe, England and attracted a huge following with a dozen reporters who all rode competitively, such as Tommy Sandham, Dave Dewhurst, Mike Rapley, Mike Greenhough, Mannix Devlin, John Dickinson and brought to the fore the ace cameraman, Eric Kitchen.
Full text of Anthony Sutton’s statement can be viewed HERE