OLD Media Moves

PC World editor resigns amid disagreements with publisher

May 3, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Harry McCracken, the editor of PC World magazine, resigned earlier this week after disagreements with the publisher regarding negative articles about major advertisers, according to a CNET story.

PC WorldTom Krazit wrote, “McCracken, reached Wednesday evening, confirmed that he resigned after 12 years at the magazine and 16 years at publisher International Data Group, over disagreements with management. He declined to comment on the nature of those disagreements.

“But three sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told CNET News.com that McCracken informed staffers in an afternoon meeting Wednesday that he decided to resign because Colin Crawford, senior vice president, online, at IDG Communications, was pressuring him to avoid stories that were critical of major advertisers.

Wired News reported Wednesday evening that McCracken quit after Crawford killed a draft story titled ‘Ten Things We Hate About Apple.’

“An IDG representative confirmed McCracken resigned, but said he was unable to comment on personnel matters. In an e-mail to News.com, Crawford denied that advertiser pressure played any part in McCracken’s resignation.”

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