IDG acquires MIS Magazine


Call Kit Gould, Managing Director, IDG UK on +44 (0) 20 7071 3615 for more detail on why.

Or read the press release below.

INTERNATIONAL DATA GROUP ACQUIRES FAIRFAX’S UK PUBLISHING AND DATABASE BUSINESSES

LONDON – 10th August 2006 – Boston-based IT technology publisher IDG has announced that it has acquired the publishing interests of Fairfax Business Media in the UK. This includes the monthly magazine MIS; the annual MIS100 which profiles the UK’s biggest users of strategic IT; and a new quarterly, The C Magazine. The business will be integrated into IDG’s UK publishing operations based in London and represents the continuing commitment of IDG to promote a range of media solutions throughout the globe.

"This acquisition further extends IDG’s development into the enterprise IT sector. MIS magazine is a strong publication that gives us the ability to offer advertisers a range of advertising and marketing solutions to address the needs of the most senior buyers of IT in the UK. By joining the other 24 publications in the CIO product line, MIS will benefit from the capabilities of IDG’s global sales force, IGS," said IDG UK’s Managing Director, Kit Gould.

Fairfax’s business in the UK consists of three publishing properties and a research and database division. With a circulation of 23,052 (BPA audit), MIS is a leading monthly magazine read by CIOs and other senior IT professionals in the UK’s largest companies who need to understand and explain technology investments from a purely business perspective.

MIS100 is an annual publication profiling the UK’s 100 largest users of IT within the private and public sectors. It is regarded as the industry bible. The C Magazine, launched in July, is a quarterly magazine for the C suite – from CEOs through to CFOs, COOs and CMOs.  It looks at strategic business and management issues from the C level perspective and the launch issue included profiles of Starbucks’ CEO,  plus Martin Sorrell of WPP and Greg Dyke, the former director general of the BBC.

MarketBase is the database arm of Fairfax UK and the most comprehensive source of senior decision makers in IT and the technologies employed by all UK companies of over 200 employees.

MIS will become part of the IDG global network of titles totalling over 300 magazines and more than 400 websites in 85 different countries around the world. IDG in the UK publishes PC Advisor, Macworld and Digit and produces Techworld.com, a dedicated online news and reviews site for networking and infrastructure professionals.

"MIS is a highly respected magazine that is held in regard by the UK’s CIO community. Being part of the IDG global network will allow us to plug into the considerable power of IDG’s editorial network of over 1,200 technology journalists around the globe and significantly enhance the editorial offering" said MIS editor, Janice McGinn.

The integration of MIS into IDG UK will compliment the existing B2B offering, Techworld.com, to include a more senior, business focused IT audience. IDG’s extensive online experience and expertise will enable the development of MIS’ web capabilities, while IDG Events will bring into focus issues of interest to the more senior end of the IT hierarchy. All staff currently employed by Fairfax Business in the UK will transfer across to IDG, with no redundancies envisaged.
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About International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and gaming worldwide.   IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference  Expo, Macworld Conference  Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions.

IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events.  Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

Contact details:

Kit Gould, Managing Director, IDG UK
+44 (0) 20 7071 3615

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