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October 07, 2004

Media Watch: VNU hammer down on News Centre

From Full Run comes news that Dutch media giant VNU is closing its News Centre today, and laying off the six journalists who write for a number of VNU publications, including Computing, IT Week, and Vnunet.

Full Run says VNU will try to find new jobs for the News Centre journalists . . . but the company may have to scramble to keep this talent from moving to competitors.

And, the cuts may go deeper, totalling 23 possible redundancies in editorial, sales and marketing, says Full Run. Casualties include Colin Barker, former editor of Computing.

These cuts come after Guy Phillips, publishing director of VNU titles Computeractive and Personal Computer World, resigned last week. Full Run reports that Adrian Hands, associate publisher in VNU's consumer tech division, also left the company on Friday.

Department of Full Disclosure: Tom Foremski and I together provided a range of Silicon Valley tech and business news for several VNU publications in the late 1980s and 1990s. Watch for updates as we dig deeper into this story as it unfolds.

Posted by Doug Millison at October 7, 2004 08:04 AM

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Hi Doug
Thanks for the name check.

Small point of the kind guaranteed to piss off reporters: We're Fullrun, not Full Run.

More substantive point: a link would have been nice. We're at

I know we're a subscription-based site, but US readers are more than welcome to sign up for a 30-day trial.

Not a perfect pitch for the blogosphere, I know. Still and all, we are working on getting a limited amount of our content out there in front of the password-protected "wall". Maybe a limited freebie RSS feed, too (Mmmm...)

Posted by: Peter Kirwan at October 12, 2004 04:21 AM

Thanks for the talent comment. A fair few of us are staying on and making the best of it (how British).

Posted by: Iain at November 19, 2004 03:29 PM

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