COLIN TOUGH TO EDIT WEB USER

Colin Tough, executive editor of IPC tx, has been appointed editor of IPC Country & Leisure Media's market-leading internet magazine Web User.

Web User was launched in March 2001 to provide the Internet consumer with topical and entertaining information about the best of the web and where to find it, and became an instant hit from launch.

Colin says: "I am very excited to be joining Web User. I was lucky enough to be involved in its early stages and I have read and enjoyed the magazine since its launch.

"It is already a very successful magazine, but it has a phenomenal potential for growth, which I believe it can deliver over the coming years."

Commercial director Fiona Dent adds: "When we started the difficult task of recruiting a new editor for Web User, we couldn't have dreamt of a better person for the job. Colin has a superb track record in mainstream media, and has pioneered IPC's online presence and knowledge base. Not only is he a passionate web visionary, but combines this with a brilliant understanding of magazines and what makes consumers tick.

"I'm delighted Colin is joining Web User and look forward to working with him to make the brand even more successful."

Colin's appointment as editor of Web User is the latest chapter in what has been a very successful and varied media career, starting in local newspapers, when he became the UK's youngest editor at 19.

Moving to magazines in his early 20s, Colin has been deputy editor of TVTimes, editor of Rupert Murdoch's TV Guide and launch editor of IPC's TV & Satellite Week. In 1994, Colin launched IPC's New Media initiative and published the Milia d'Or-winning CD-Rom, UnZip.

Colin has been involved in most of the company's New Media projects, from the launch of award-winning Web sites such as NME.com and Country Life Online, through to the creation of the UK's first digital EPG and launch of IPC's first WAP service.

Two years ago, he joined the Board of IPC tx and launched the company's digital brand, unmissable tv, which was developed for the Web, WAP phones, PDAs and interactive television.

Colin, who will remain on the Board of IPC tx, will take up his appointment with effect from Feb 4, 2002.

For further information, please contact: Julie York, director of corporate communications, IPC Media, Tel: 020 7261 5880 or Email: julie_york@ipcmedia.com