MEDIA: Pulse poaches Johnson from rival mag

Pulse, the weekly for GPs, is to have its first new editor for a quarter of a century. Phil Johnson, currently group editor of Reed Business Information's Doctor and Hospital Doctor, will take up the post on 2 September.

He will work with former editor Howard Griffiths, who took up the Pulse editorship in 1978 and is promoted to editor-in-chief with immediate effect. Both report to publisher Fergus Wilson.

Johnson said it was too early to say much about his appointment, but told PRWeek: 'Part of my brief is to raise the profile of Pulse.'

Persuading Johnson to move to Doctor's rival is seen as a coup for CMP Information, which publishes Pulse. Wilson said: 'This is very much a star signing for CMPI. Phil Johnson has a very high media profile, including TV appearances and regular quotes in the nationals and on radio.'

Wilson told PRWeek that Griffiths would continue to play a key role in the development of the respected 41,900-circulation magazine. 'Howard will be less involved in the editing of Pulse and more involved in our strategic position,' he said.

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