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Power out at APN

Power out at APN

Australian Provincial Newspapers (APN) computer publications' strategy is under a cloud following a reported management shake-up at APN Computing Group.

APN Computing Group publisher, Alan Power, has confirmed he is parting company with APN in what is believed to be a significant restructure of the company.

Australian Reseller News has learned that APN intends to buy out Power's interest in APN Computing Group, estimated to be about 20 per cent.

APN Computing Group has struggled in the weekly computer magazine market since its acquisition of the former Peter Isaacson Publications title, Pacific Computer Weekly (PCW).

PCW was subsequently relaunched as Computer Week, which was subsequently incorporated into PC Week, after that title was relinquished by Kerry Packer's ACP.

Former PCW publisher Susan Coleman said: "It's a pity that Power was unable to exploit the assets of PCW, as it was heading towards 1000 issues over 20 years."

A spokesperson for APN who did not wish to be named said: "We are now effectively the sole owner of the business (APN Computing Group) and we are looking to strengthen our ties with Ziff-Davis."

Besides PC Week, APN Computing Group also publishes PC Magazine and Internet Magazine Australia.


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