ACP restructures computing magazines, PC User’s Glenn Rees and APC’s Nick Race depart

Two senior staff at Australia’s top selling technology magazines have exited as part of a restructure of tech titles at ACP.

Glenn Rees announced he was leaving his post as editor of PC User on Friday, and will be going freelance after more than two decades with the title.

Nick Race, technical editor of APC Magazine – formerly known as Australian Personal Computer – is also no longer on-staff, but will continue to write for both titles. 

PC User’s Dan Gardiner will head up the combined team’s technical department. Melanie Pike will be deputy and production editor across both titles.

“These magazines are not in danger of closing. Nor is one being folded into the other. However, we had two editorial teams producing very similar content – which did not make commercial sense,” ACP’s director of media, public affairs and brand development, Deborah Thomas told Mumbrella.

A plan is underway to differentiate the two titles, with PC User launching a tablet app and more content moved on to its website.

In the latest round of figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the circulation of PC User – Australia’s best-selling computing title – was down 10% to 31,062 on last year in an unforgiving period for IT magazines. 

The title’s circulation has steadily declined from 67,462 in 2004.

APC Magazine’s circ was down 16% to 22,226 in the ABCs.

Rival PC & Tech Authority, published by Haymarket, slumped by 15% to 19,504.


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