The game just got deeper for three of the UK’s skateboard magazines. The following is a press release from Action Sports Media, the publishing house that brings you Kingpin magazine:
PRESS RELEASE: ACTION SPORTS INDUSTRY
NEW MEDIA GROUP DEVELOPS ACTION SPORTS MARKET
Factory Media, a new holding Company, announces the merger of three leading specialist sports publishers; Action Sports Media (ASM), Permanent Publishing and 4130 Publishing.
The new Company’s management team will include Darryl Newton, Managing Director and Matt Fenton, Group Publishing Director. Jim Peskett will remain Publisher of the UK board sports brands and Mark Noble as Editorial Director of the bike portfolio. Joining the team are Alistair Ramsay (former Chief Executive of Dennis Publishing), acting as non-exec Chairman, and James Carter (former NPD Director of Dennis, and Publishing Director of FHM and FHM.com) as Director of online and lifestyle brand development.
In other words, ASM now own Sidewalk, Kingpin, Document and a whole other load of sports titles, but Britain’s three skate mags will remain on the shelves. However, investment levels have changed. It looks like the phrase 411VM coined; ‘paper is history‘ is starting to sound true in various boardrooms because the online media alarm bell is ringing.
The good news out of all of this is that the UK scene will be stronger and Crossfire will be right here bringing you malarkey from the heart as usual.