Burda restructures following Essential buy

By Alyson Fixter

Publisher Burda is undergoing a "restructure" following the purchase of Essential Publishing earlier this week, with senior staff on women’s weekly Full House believed to be facing the axe.

Sources told Press Gazette that Full House editor Carl Styants was among those called into new MD Luke Patten’s office yesterday, although chief executive Alan Urry would not confirm this.

He said: "We cherish Full House and are going to look after it, but there are sometimes differences, we are restructuring the company and it’s a natural thing that happens."

Insiders have suggested that staff may be asked to work from Colchester in Essex, where Essential is based.

The magazine has had a difficult first year, losing veteran publisher Simon Hesling and being delisted by some retailers, but it recorded an ABC figure of over 200,000 in February.

Essential Publishing, which was acquired by Burda earlier this week, owns TVHits! and Real magazine, which was launched by Urry at rival Bauer and sold to Essential under his management.

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