Sad footnote to PR Business saga

The former editor of PR Business, Eirwen Oxley Green, talong with the rest of the editorial team at PR Business have been made redundant.

This follows the magazine's decision to go monthly after failing to win enough advertising support to take on PR Week.

The redundancies were handed out on Friday. 

Sources close to the magazine say that the PR Business board was embarrassed by  Eirwen's challenging editorial line on CIPR (the UK's PR trade body) Director General Colin Farrington's comments about blogs, according to sources close to the ex-magazine.

Colin Farrington himself has made it clear that there was no threat to withdraw the PR Business access to the CIPR mailing list.

PR Business had been mailed out free to members of the CIPR, a smart move initially as PR Week had controversially moved to a paid subscription model last year - and many agencies went from having a copy per person in the office to sharing one or two between twenty or thirty.

But in what could be seen as an outflanking move, PR Week recently announced that it would be likely to send copies to all CIPR members, effectively removing PR Business's USP for advertisers.

Anyway, its very sad news, and I wish Eirwen and the team the best of luck in finding new jobs.

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