BBC Magazines chief wins Marcus Morris Award

BBC Magazines managing director Peter Phippen has been named as the winner of the PPA’s Marcus Morris Award 2011 in recognition of his services to magazine publishing.

The award recognises “significant and longstanding” contribution to the magazine publishing industry in the UK in honour of the late Morris, who launched Cosmopolitan and Company and died in 1989.

Phippen announced this week that he will step down from his current role when BBC Magazines moves to new ownership following the completion of the takeover deal between BBC Worldwide and Exponent.

Phippen, a former Chairman of the PPA, began his career in 1982 as a graduate trainee at IPC, before moving on to become associate publisher and then marketing manager for its women’s monthlies group.

In 1987, he joined BBC Magazines as marketing director abd helped launch several new titles.

He was named managing director in 1993 when he oversaw the launch of magazines including Gardeners’ World, Top Gear, Good Food and a portfolio of children’s magazines – helping BBC Magazines to become one of the biggest consumer magazine publishers in the UK.

PPA chief executive Barry McIlheney said: ‘Peter has lived and breathed magazine publishing for more than a quarter of a century and he has a passion for and an understanding of all aspects of our industry.

‘Aside from his key role in building BBC Magazines into a successful business, Peter has also performed an invaluable service as an ambassador for the wider industry through his work at the PPA.”

Phippen added: “It is a fantastic honour to be receiving this award. It means a huge amount to me, my colleagues and my family.”

Next month Phippen will become deputy chairman of Immediate Media Co, which combines the magazine business from BBC Worldwide with Origin Publishing and Magicalia.

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