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).