BRIEFS 28.01.05

Full colour for Sporting Star

For
the first time in its 86-year history the West Midlands Sporting Star
has been printed in full colour. The switch meant that fans of Wolves,
Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Walsall, Kidderminster Harriers and
Tipton Town football clubs could see colour pictures of their teams in
action just 35 minutes after the last game was played. To create the
Saturday edition an extra 80 plates had to be processed including 40
after the last game had finished. To make sure the pink paper was the
first to hit the streets, an extra press was used at both sites and
there was an extra print crew of eight.

Climbing titles merge into one

Mountaineering
mag High Mountain and rock climbing title On The Edge will amalgamate
from next month to become Climb magazine, with more pages, a larger
format and improved design.

Publisher Greenshires said Climb
would combine High Mountain’s respected database of mountaineering and
OTE’s hardcore rock climbing information to appeal to a wider audience.

Spanish Homes gets makeover

Future’s
foreign property title, Spanish Homes Magazine, has unveiled its new
look, following the acquisition of the magazine from Spanish Homes
Magazine Ltd.

The bimonthly title offers features and advice on finding a property in Spain.

The
mag has moved to Future’s Bath offices, and has brought in a new
editor, Michael Shakespeare, who was previously a freelance writer. He
has experience of editing and launching lifestyle magazines in both
Hong Kong and the Middle East.

BBC Gardens title marks 100 issues

BBC Gardens Illustrated celebrates 100 issues in its next edition, out 1 February.

The
title, which focuses on “showcasing outstanding gardens with
spectacular photography and authoritative writing”, was launched in May
1993 and is now sold in 70 countries. It has won the BSME Editors’

Editor Award, the PPA Designer of the Year award and the Garden Writers’ Guild Magazine of the Year Award.

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