MEDIA: Soccer title Match on hunt for editor

Match magazine, the Emap Active football weekly aimed at ten to

14-year-olds, is looking for an editor after losing three senior

staff.



Managing editor Chris Hunt was made redundant three weeks ago. Deputy

editor Hugh Sleight joined Haymarket's football monthly, FourFourTwo, as

deputy editor earlier this month. Senior writer Bev Ward has left to

freelance.



Sleight spent three years at Match, and worked for its now-defunct

spin-off, Sported, before that.



Sleight replaces Sam Pilger, who will now freelance for FourFourTwo.

Hunt had been Match managing editor for eight years, before that editing

music magazines including Hip Hop Connection.



Emap's Match was relaunched and redesigned to coincide with the start of

the 2001/2002 football season this month.



Art director Darryl Tooth and associate editor Kevin Hughes are

overseeing the title while a new editor is found. Steve Prentice was

appointed associate publisher of Match earlier this year.



The magazine is keen to appeal to readers outside its core audience of

young teenagers. 'We are the only weekly in the football market. We have

a new look, new readers and are still selling reasonably well,' Tooth

said.



Match topped the 200,000 circulation mark in the mid-1990s, but its last

ABC was just 70,300.



Its decline reflects the rise of coverage of the sport by mainstream

media, football club fanzines and a plethora of websites during the past

decade. Many specialist football magazines have gone to the wall or have

reduced their frequency in that period.



No-one from the senior management of Emap Active was available for

comment on the staff changes.



Match is known to have signed a deal with ITV Sport, although the

details are unknown.



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