Italian job for Anthem

Calcio Italia magazine is starting the New Year with a new publisher, Anthem Publishing.

The English-language title for Italian football fans in the UK moves from Independent Magazines (UK).

It hopes to benefit from the publisher’s experience in the Italian sector from producing Italia!, the new property and lifestyle magazine.

“There’s a natural affinity between the products,” said John D Taylor, who founded the football title 12 years ago as the official Channel 4 guide to Serie A football.

“Although it’s been a difficult few years for all football titles, we’ve continued to flourish in our niche market,’ he said.

“The link-up with Anthem will provide us all with a new enthusiasm and opportunities.”

Taylor’s company, JDT Sports Productions, will continue to produce editorial content for the magazine and some one-off football titles.

It will also continue to provide the editorial coverage for C4’s Football Italia website which works in tandem with the magazine.

Anthem Publishing director Jon Bickley said: “The combination of synergies with Italia! and the specialist publishing expertise we can apply, will bring real benefits and growth to this superb title.”

Taylor intends to produce a new English football title aimed at the older football fan to coincide with the next Premiership season.

The first issue of Calcio Italia to be published by Anthem will go on sale on 28 January, 2005

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