Future Appoints Karl Penn As Managing Director Of Future Australia

01/04/08 - Future, the special-interest media group, today announces the appointment of Karl Penn as Managing Director of its Australian business, Future Australia.

Karl has nearly twenty years experience in the media, having worked with Haymarket in the UK and Australia, VNU and most recently as Group Publishing Director for Derwent Howard.

Based in Sydney, Karl will oversee Future Australia's magazine portfolio which includes T3, Xbox 360: The Official Magazine and Windows Vista: The Official Magazine.

Future and its magazine titles are well-established in Australia, with a presence dating back to 1995. The company has licensed a portfolio of locally-published magazine titles since 2001 and in 2007 acquired cyclingnews.com, the highly successful Sydney-based cycling website.

Simon Wear, Future UK?s Chief Operating Officer, said:

?We're delighted that Karl is joining us at a time when we're strengthening our Australian business. Future's strategy is to focus onthe provision of English-language content, and our titles have a strong presence and a loyal following in this important English-speaking media market. Karl has a wealth of management and publishing experience and has worked as Group Publishing Director with our licensed titles in Australia for two years, so it is very much 'business as usual'.?

ENDS

About Future

Future Australia is a division of Future Publishing Overseas Ltd, part of Future plc, the special-interest media group. 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 and US, 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 and MacLife. Online, our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, techradar.com, and musicradar.com. Future produces over 4 million magazines each month; we attract more than 11 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 16 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 biggest exporter of monthly magazines.

For more information:

Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, Future UK, +44 (0)1225 822517


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