Launched in 1952 as the New Musical Express, the magazine sold in six figures in its heyday and was an influential part of the music landscape.
It helped launched the careers of writers including Julie Burchill, Tony Parsons and Danny Baker.
NME.com launched in 1996 as one of the first music websites. But as the brand reached almost four million people each week digitally, its print circulation steadily dropped.
Baker greeted the move on Twitter, posting a picture of him at its office in 1979 and saying: “And so… the NME is a free sheet now. Why not? The game’s up and the fire’s gone out.”
Via the BBC