IPC has completed the management shake-up of its music and sport group with the arrival of Richard Coles in the newly-created role of publishing manager. The changes follow the appointment of Mike Soutar as managing director of the group in July.
Robert Tame, previously publishing director for music and sport, will focus on music. Coles will work under Tame with responsibility for the four music titles - weeklies NME and Melody Maker, and monthly magazines Uncut and Muzik.
At the same time, publishers Bruce Sandell and Dan Coxen, who each had responsibility for two of the music titles, are leaving and not being replaced. Sandell is to join the former editor of Loaded James Brown at his I Feel Good publishing company, and Coxen is to work for an internet publisher.
Coles, who rejoins IPC after an 18 month absence working as advertisement manager at HMV, says his main responsibility is to improve declining circulations. He said: 'To do this we will be working more closely with retailers and also with the record companies in the future. By selling records you can also sell magazines.'
Coles said he would be looking at further brand extensions for the titles and on-line activity. NME TV is already planned to start next month on cable and satellite channel Bravo.
The responsibility for the sport titles in the group falls to Eric Fuller who recently joined from Dennis Publishing.