Tim Duggan steps back from Junkee, with Rob Stott promoted

The co-founder of Junkee Media, Tim Duggan, will take a step back in October after 14 years leading the youth publisher.

Duggan and co-founder Neil Ackland sold Junkee Media to outdoor company Ooh Media in 2016.

Duggan has new things to focus on 

Duggan said he was stepping back from the business he formed with Ackland to enable him to spend more time writing, travelling and developing other projects.

Ackland was recently elevated within Ooh, taking on responsibility for marketing, content and creative. Duggan’s book, Cult Status: How to Build a Business People Adore, will be published on 2 July.

Duggan, who steps back into an editor-at-large role, said the time felt right to be finishing up his full-time responsibilities.

“I’m so proud of everything we’ve been able to build with Junkee Media -the team, the stories we’ve told, the content we’ve produced and the people we’ve reached,” he said.

He also paid tribute to business partner Ackland, and Ooh Media’s CEO Brendon Cook.

“Being an integral part of Ooh Media for the last four years has also taught me so much, and I’m eternally grateful to Brendon Cook and the Ooh family for helping us grow and thrive.

“I’m also grateful to Neil Ackland, my business partner and CEO, who I’ve worked with every single day since co-founding a website with him in 2006 that somehow evolved into the beautiful beast that is Junkee Media now.”

Ackland responded noting Duggan had been integral in evolving the publisher.

“Tim has made an outstanding contribution to Junkee. There is no way we would be where we are today without him, and we’re eternally grateful for what he’s done for the Junkee brand. We’re glad that he’ll still be playing a role in the business, and wish him all the best in his new adventures.”

Current managing editor, Rob Stott, will be promoted to editorial director and lead the written and video output across both Junkee and Ooh Media.

Stott: Soon-to-be leading Junkee’s editorial output

Ackland said of Stott: “We’re excited to have Rob step up to add a new dimension to the editorial side of the business, which comes at a tome when we have so many exciting projects on the horizon, such as the relaunch of our AWOL travel and lifestyle site.”


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