Music magazine Select has picked Alexis Petridis to take on the
editor’s role after the decision of John Harris to step down last month
(PR Week, 19 November).
Petridis started his career at specialist dance music title mixmag,
working his way up from work experience shifts to be features editor and
then deputy editor during his three years there.
More recently, Petridis has been writing on a freelance basis for titles
including Q, the Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Mojo, as well
as remaining an associate editor at mixmag.
’My first priority will be to look closely at what Select will stand for
in the 21st century,’ said Petridis.
’By definition that means reassessing the nature of alternative music,’
he added, ’broadening the scope of the title’s music policy and
reaffirming its commitment to discovering new acts.’
Reporting to editor-in-chief Mark Ellen, and to publishing director
Jerry Perkins, Petridis will takes up his post on 13 December.
Harris is leaving Select after three years in the editor’s chair in
order to pursue a writing career. He will continue to write for Select
on a freelance basis, as well as working for titles such as Q and the
Select reported a circulation figure of 58,234 for the six months from
January to July 1999.