MEDIA: WebUser launch ed quits to freelance

IPC's fortnightly internet title WebUser is losing its editor Jim

Lennox just eight months after the magazine launched.

Special projects and launch editor Lennox is leaving this week to go

freelance after establishing the title as one of the UK's top-selling

internet magazines, with sales of 92,000 - well above rival The Net's

last ABC figure of 52,600.

IPC will not replace Lennox immediately, but hands his responsibilities

over to editor-in-chief Mark Bishop, who said the company is likely to

look for an editor in the New Year when recruitment will be 'more


'This is not a good time to be recruiting a new editor, because

Christmas is coming up and good people will not be looking for a new

job,' he said.

'I'll edit right through to the New Year and we suspect that will then

be the right time to start looking.'

Bishop will take on the hands-on editorial role, leading WebUsers'

17-strong editorial team. He said no changes were planned for the team

or its structure following Lennox's departure.

Lennox is set to return to his freelance roots after five years editing

technology and telecoms titles, during which time he also handled the

launch of Noble House Media's Mobile Choice magazine.

He said he is taking a month off, after which he will continue

freelancing in the technology and telecoms sector. Lennox confirmed he

will be freelancing for IPC, but declined to confirm other titles.

'I'm going to be writing features and pieces focusing on the consumer

angle for technology and telecoms publishers and beyond,' he said.

Lennox joined IPC to launch WebUser in August last year after editing

rival VNU's Computeractive.

Earlier this year, VNU complained that WebUser was too close in look and

content to Computeractive, but the dispute was settled out of court

(PRWeek, 25 May).

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