IDG recruits IT stars in online business initiative

IDG recruits IT stars in online business initiative

IDG Communications, publisher of Australian Reseller News, has attracted two new high profile industry figures to the company as part of its bid to establish new Internet business opportunities.

Former Australian Consolidated Press veterans Mike Udabage and Ben Gerholt will shortly join IDG's PC World division.

Udabage assumes the role of general manager of the division from August 23, while Gerholt joins IDG in September to serve as editorial director of PC World's print and electronic products.

The news follows the launch this week of IDG's new Internet division, known as IDG Interactive.

Heading up the division is Shirley Ingram, who currently runs IDG's database operations.

Two of the first areas IDG Interactive is tackling are the development of 'narrowcast' services aimed at discrete groups of individuals or companies, and the development of portals for wider communities.

IDG is also setting up its own internal continuous news service that will service existing print and electronic publications as well as the new services.

Director of internet community services will be Philip Sim, currently editor of Australian Reseller News (ARN) and before that, editor of Network World and news editor of Computerworld.

Mark Jones, who is news editor of ARN and a former editor of Network World Today, takes over as editor of ARN.

Heading the continuous news services, to be known as TheWire, will be Ellen Cresswell, currently news editor of Computerworld and director of its online services.

The new director of narrowcast services will be John Costello, editor of Computerworld. His successor as editor is Angela Prodromou, currently editor of Information Age. Prior to that, she was news editor of Computerworld.

The new editor of Information Age is Cass Warneminde, who is also deputy editor of CIO Magazine and a former Computerworld reporter.

Two new electronic products will be The Rust Report and The Industry Standard. Publisher Len Rust and editor Peter Scott, will aim The Rust Report at delivering high-level market intelligence to the IT community. The Industry Standard will be the electronic publication for the Internet community in Australia.

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