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Future consolidates magazine verticals

Future plc has announced a consolidation of magazine verticals following the retirement of Colin Tough.

Future consolidates magazine verticals
Colin Tough (on the left) and Mark Winterton.

The move comes as Tough, former Editor in Chief of What’s on TV, TV Times and TV & Satellite Week, who has been Managing Director of Future’s TV & Film portfolio for the last year, steps down from a journalistic career spanning 45 years.

Mark Winterton, previously MD of the TV division, takes this portfolio under his control effective immediately. The move combines Future’s TV & Film offering with its Country Lifestyle and Women’s print brands.

Bringing iconic brands into one focussed vertical will allow Future to leverage all content opportunities to truly pivot to digital and enhance the growing digital presence in these areas, says the company.

Tough was deputy editor of TVTimes, editor of Murdoch Magazines' UK TV Guide, and launch editor of TV & Satellite Week before launching IPC Media's digital initiative in 1994. As editor in chief and publishing director he was involved in all IPC’s digital projects throughout the decade, from interactive TV to digital kiosks, CD-ROMs to the company's websites.

He became Editor in Chief of TI Media’s three TV titles – What’s on TV, TV Times and TV & Satellite Week – in 2018, before taking on the role of Managing Director of Future’s TV & Film portfolio soon after the company bought TI Media last year.

His editorship of What’s on TV spanned 18 years that saw the title sell more than a billion copies, much of that period as the UK’s best-selling magazine, says Future plc.

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