Future lures new blood to IT magazines

Future’s computing titles have taken on two new editors and a deputy.

Ian Robson has been appointed the editor of PC Plus magazine, replacing Adam Evans, who has moved across to edit the newly launched Digital Camera Magazine.

And Ian Harris has joined Mac Format as deputy editor. The move makes Harris, 21, the title’s youngest person to have had that role to date. He was formerly staff writer and features editor on sister title PC Format. He has also worked on the Bolton Evening News, Wigan Reporter and has freelanced for MixMag, The Guardian and Press Gazette. Before PC Plus, Robson was associate editor of Dennis Publishing’s PC Pro. He said there were no plans for any immediate changes to the magazine. “I want to settle in and see what the readership is like before I make any huge changes. I don’t want to alienate people. There are obviously plans to grow the readership and make the magazine better known in the industry as well as on the news-stands,” he said.

PC Plus has also taken on Damian McGee as art editor. McGee, who worked on Computer Music, will replace Simon Bleeze, who has moved to be art editor across Future’s one shots.

Evans has edited PC Plus for two and half years, having previously been deputy. He was also features editor of PC Advisor and technical and reviews editor of Personal Computing World.

Digital Camera Magazine has published a special beginners guide that is due to appear as a covermount on the first four issues. The 20-page supplement will be a comprehensive introduction to digital cameras with advice on which camera to buy, how to take photos, edit and how to achieve the best results.

Mac Format is also launching a number of spin-offs including a new quarterly title Your iMac. The 148-page title is aimed at anyone who is new to iMacs, offering tips on the best games, how to connect to the internet and how to use digital cameras with an iMac. The magazine is scheduled for release in May, August and November and will have a cover price of £4.99.

By Ruth Addicott

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