Briefs 22.07.05

Just snapped up by buyout team

Interpublic has sold its London-based customer publishing company,
Just, to its management team. Just will be joined up with two US-based
companies also purchased by the buyout team and renamed The Publishing
Agency, led by creative director Alex Finer, former editor of High
Life. Just publishes eight titles, including Lexus, Bluewater and
Inside Out.

Irish FoI Act under attack

Irish Information Commissioner Emily O’Reilly has sharply criticised changes to the country’s Freedom of Information Act.

The Republic, she said, was out of line with the European Commission, which does not charge a fee for FoI requests.

The
media in Ireland, said former journalist O’Reilly, were using the Act
far less since the introduction of the €150 fee and amendments to the
Act. Before fees, she said, journalists accounted for 13 per cent of
all requests submitted under the Act, but they now made up only seven
per cent.

Blowback mag goes national

Blowback, the Bristolbased counter-culture lifestyle magazine, will
be stocked in Borders stores nationwide from this month. It will be
sold at a trial price of £3.25, but will still be available free at the
214 stores where it is currently distributed.

The title is published monthly and is edited by Georgina Wilson-Powell.

Origin adds to South Bank titles

Origin, the specialist magazines arm of BBC Magazines, has won
contracts to publish two titles for London’s South Bank Centre – the
Literature Live Guide and the Music & Dance Guide, both
pocket-sized titles to be published three times a year and mailed out
to South Bank customers. Origin already publishes Southbank magazine.

Nat Mags buys ‘salty sister’

The
National Magazine Company has bought coastal lifestyle magazine Coast
from Boat International. The publisher said it had been looking at the
magazine since its launch two years ago. CEO Duncan Edwards called the
title “Country Living’s salty sister”. The title will be published
quarterly and will be overseen by Country Living editor Susy Smith.

Future scoops TUC award

Future Publishing’s contract magazines department, Future Plus, has won an award for the Musicians’ Union magazine.

The title won the Best Publication category at the TUC’s Press and PR Awards.

Future won the contract to publish and redesign the title earlier this year.

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