It was recently announced in the NY Times (When Sky & Telescope Had No Limit) that Sky & Telescope’s parent company F+W Media filed for bankruptcy. F+W will go to the auction block on May 30th, with a winner announced on June 4th. We can only hope that S&T will land well; either individually or as part of a conglomerate sale.—-more—-
For those of you who have little if any familiarity with the magazine, it’s impending doom may not seem all that portentous, but as both an amateur astronomer and long-time S&T Subscriber I can assure you that the loss would come as a grievous blow. The irony of it all is that while the magazine, itself, is profitable the auction will ultimately be about preserving F+W as a whole. As such, S&T’s future is anything but assured.
To be clear, I have every hope that S&T will be purchased. What I’m concerned about is it’s ongoing relevance and viability; something at this point that’s anybody’s guess.
As I say in the podcast “…we haven’t figured out what…” we, the self-styled Friends of Sky & Telescope (FOST) can do to be of service, but there are plans in the works. Listen in and if you’re interested in joining our rag-tag group of S&T enthusiasts, do reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org).