Future strengthens CVG with new senior team

04/01/10– Future, the special-interest media group, today confirms the appointment of a new senior management team for its revered videogames news site, CVG.co.uk.

Leading CVG into its fourth decade are new Editor, Tim Ingham and the returning John Houlihan, who becomes the site’s first ever Editor-in-Chief. CVG is the world’s longest-established games media, first published as a magazine in 1981.

Tim Ingham joins Future from his dual role as Associate Editor and Online Editor of Intent Media’s MCV– the respected magazine and website for the games industry. Ingham has also written for The Independent and Evening Standard, and spent four years at regional newspaper Metro, where he specialised in games and technology.

Industry veteran John Houlihan first joined Future as Editor of CVG in September 2004 and moved in March 2006 to become Web Manager for the company’s games portfolio– overseeing technical developments and production of Future’s five-strong games website portfolio. With more than 20 years experience, John has worked for the BBC, GameSpot UK, CricInfo and Times Online.

The new senior team will work closely with Associate Publisher, Mark Cantwell on strengthening and developing CVG’s online presence– reaffirming its time-honoured reputation for breaking the biggest stories first. Gavin Ogden, the site’s former Editor becomes CVG’s first-ever International Correspondent and will file news throughout the night from his new base in New Zealand. Further staff appointments and changes to CVG will be revealed later this month.

On his appointment, Tim Ingham, Editor of CVG.co.uk, said:

“I’m over the moon to be taking this fantastic opportunity at CVG– having read it as a youngster; I now get to be editor! I’m really looking forward to working with John and the rest of the hugely talented team to confirm CVG’s position as the UK’s leading consumer games news website. Whilst I’m sad to be leaving MCV, I depart knowing the publication is stronger than ever across both print and online.”

Mark Cantwell, Associate Publisher of CVG.co.uk, added:

“With major investment planned throughout the year, it was crucial to have an experienced and dynamic senior team on CVG. We’ve long admired Tim and his reputation amongst his peers - he’s never been afraid to ask the tough questions and has been responsible for some industry shaking scoops during his time at MCV. It’s great to have John back full-time on CVG– he mixes twenty years of editorial excellence with solid technical know-how and a real passion for the CVG brand and its heritage.

“As a kid, it was CVG that delivered games news and insight you could really sink your teeth into, and we all share the desire to reaffirm its reputation and the rich legacy of our predecessors. With a new senior team and the continued involvement of Gavin as our first International Correspondent there is plenty to look forward to from CVG in 2010."

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About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group that is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events for people who are passionate about their interests. We hold strong market positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Digital Camera, Fast Car, Classic Rock, Guitar World, Official Xbox Magazine, Official Playstation Magazine, Nintendo Power, Maximum PC and MacLife. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, techradar.com, and musicradar.com. Future produces over 4 million magazines each month; we attract more than 18 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 25 annual live events that attract hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. In addition, Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally, making us the UK's number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.

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Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, Future UK, 01225 822517


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