Future Publishing COO Leaves Immediately

Simon Weir has had a wonderful time but he's off.

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Future Publishing COO Leaves Immediately
When Future Publishing's CEO, Robert Price, left the company in May bets were laid as to who would replace him. Long-time COO, Simon Wear was a front runner.

However, when former ITV chief executive, Mark Wood, was appointed to replace Price in August, the industry betting consortium quickly moved their money to a Wear departure.

Today, Mediaweek reports Mr Wear saying, "After much soul searching I have decided to leave this amazing company. Having spent pretty much my whole adult life at Future I just feel the need to take a break and do something new."

Interesting wording, "take a break". It assumes a return at some point in the, excuse the pun, future.

Not according to Stevie Spring, Future's group chief executive. She's commented, "Simon has been a great asset to Future and we're very sorry to see him go.

"I completely understand that after many years with the company he's decided that he wishes to take on new challenges. We wish him the very best for the future."

That's all there is for now.

Comments

Jimmer 15 Sep 2010 10:40
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lol
deleted 15 Sep 2010 11:01
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I believe that the last figures showed something like 70-30 for on-line vs print, I have a feeling this kind of print wont be round much longer. so sad, I remember picking up my Amiga format every month, but I think the last gaming publication i bought in print was about 2001 when i was a avid reader of EDGE magazine majority of that though was for the cover art. o wait i tell a lie i bought the kids a Official Nintendo Mag about 4 weeks ago for the pokemon s**t on the front.
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Tim Smith 15 Sep 2010 11:06
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Jimmer wrote:
lol


I didn't mind Simon when I worked briefly with him in 1999 actually.

Cheers

Tim
Tim Smith 15 Sep 2010 11:07
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haritori wrote:
I believe that the last figures showed something like 70-30 for on-line vs print, I have a feeling this kind of print wont be round much longer. so sad, I remember picking up my Amiga format every month...


Did someone mention Amiga Format? I hope you bought all the Specials as well. Mostly the Specials actually.
:)

tim
Jimmer 15 Sep 2010 11:07
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Future have always been negligent regarding the predictable rise of t'interweb. With their staff and resources they should have had the dominant games website for the past 10 years.

Managed correctly, such a website could have driven mag sales/subscriptions, yet they were way too concerned about giving away any content "for free" online.

deleted 15 Sep 2010 11:15
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funny I have a Xmas edition stashed in a cupboard somewhere and I saw it a few months ago and saw your review of cannon fodder Tim and if I remember correctly you gave it a decent score too cant remember the year though. ahh i am sure I based my purchase of cannon fodder on that review, who knew id follow you here!

[edit] 1993!! I cant believe I still have it and what's even funnier is the floppy is still stuck to front with cannon soccer a mix of sensible and cannon fodder lol! although the magazine is in quite terrible condition but still readable.
Tim Smith 15 Sep 2010 11:26
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haritori wrote:
funny I have a Xmas edition stashed in a cupboard somewhere and I saw it a few months ago and saw your review of cannon fodder Tim and if I remember correctly you gave it a decent score too....


"This is disgusting. Appalling. Shameful. This is irresponsible, degrading, vile, gross, rotten, dismal and thoroughly despicable."

One of my favourite opening paragraphs to a review ever actually.

Blimey, I gave it 95%!

Cheers
Tim

I don't have a super memory by the way... http://amr.abime.net/review_2906
bobber 15 Sep 2010 19:07
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Wear is a always will be a bully. He made people feel great about themselves but he equally took that away at a whim. He was a cancer within Future and I suspect there will be more, lower management, departures in the near future. Wood is clearing out the old dead wood and looking to plant a few new trees. Good luck to him as Future is an amazing place to work with amazing people as well. Just a shame about a few idiots that let it go to their heads......Wear being one of them......glad to see the back of him!
Jimmer 16 Sep 2010 09:04
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bobber wrote:
Wear is a always will be a bully. He made people feel great about themselves but he equally took that away at a whim. He was a cancer within Future and I suspect there will be more, lower management, departures in the near future. Wood is clearing out the old dead wood and looking to plant a few new trees. Good luck to him as Future is an amazing place to work with amazing people as well. Just a shame about a few idiots that let it go to their heads......Wear being one of them......glad to see the back of him!


This.

As the kids would say.
bobber 18 Sep 2010 17:28
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No idea if you ever had the pleasure of working with him, but I did.....not a pleasant experience I have to say.
Sly Reflex 18 Sep 2010 17:43
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When you look at the games mags back in the day there was a whole rack of them. Not really like that now, a tiny proportion of what it used to be when you visit the newsagents.

Personally I used to get Commodore Format along with ZZAP!64. When I graduated to the Amiga 1200 one Christmas this evolved into getting Amiga Format. I used to get occasional Amiga Powers too, but it was mainly a one off thing. Getting the PS1 saw an influx of mags, Essential and official were the main ones, but when PSW came out I moved across to that. Once they started banging on about the PS2 I lost interest in gaming and didn't game for a few years, life got in the way. Not until I played Super Monkey Ball round at a mates house that I got back into gaming and started to buy EDGE, and at the time games? which had just started with its very first issue. Not strayed far since then, although I have missed a few issues due to been indifferent about what wares they are peddling on each month.
Jimmer 20 Sep 2010 09:16
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bobber wrote:
No idea if you ever had the pleasure of working with him, but I did.....not a pleasant experience I have to say.


Never worked directly with him but saw him about the place when I was there. I know his type. Spent some time at a trade show with Price before he became the head honcho. Couldn't stand the tosser. Can imagine he became more of an arsehole the higher he went.
Someone 22 Sep 2010 14:04
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Wear was self serving and did nothing to make the company better, most likely worse, sucking money from the business with his salary he didn't not deserve.

The new CEO is one of the best things Future has done in recent years. An external appointment will finally break up the buddy buddy cycle that has existed for too long, keeping bad managers in high positions, and their terrible decisions, wasting money and making the people that create the content suffer as a result.
Tim Smith 22 Sep 2010 14:36
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Someone wrote:
The new CEO is one of the best things Future has done in recent years. An external appointment will finally break up the buddy buddy cycle that has existed for too long, keeping bad managers in high positions, and their terrible decisions, wasting money and making the people that create the content suffer as a result.


Strangely familiar sounding this. I seem to remember me saying something similar when in my cups in Hatchetts (The Raven) after New Computer Express was closed... in 1991 or something.

Wasn't Robert Price an external appointment? Wasn't Stevie Spring when she replaced Greg? Then again, I consider anybody who replaced Chris Anderson, Greg Ingham, Kevin Cox and Bob Wade to be external appointments...

I am indeed very old indeed.

Cheers

Tim
Jimmer 22 Sep 2010 15:57
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Price was at Future for quite a while before he became the big cheesy bellend.

I fondly remember Wiff ranting in Hatchett's...

"AND ANOTHER THING!"

roffle
Tim Smith 22 Sep 2010 16:02
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Jimmer wrote:
I fondly remember Wiff ranting in Hatchett's..."AND ANOTHER THING!"


Yeah, then all those newcomers arrived from Your Sinclair and Needlecraft... don't get me started on the London office or the Americans! Newbs!

:-)

Cheers

Tim
Someone 22 Sep 2010 19:12
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@Tim_Smith

Stevie was indeed an external appointment. But in all honesty she hasn't done anything I have seen that has a massive effect on the business. In as much as the same idiots that have been running the company into the ground haven't changed. I can only talk from the shop floor mind.

I've been at Future for over a decade and seen the company slowly deteriorate through bad judgement of the board. I'm hoping Mark Wood takes a big hatchet to the management and clears the crap.
Tim Smith 23 Sep 2010 08:08
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Someone wrote:
@Tim_Smith Stevie was indeed an external appointment. But in all honesty she hasn't done anything I have seen that has a massive effect on the business. In as much as the same idiots that have been running the company into the ground haven't changed. I can only talk from the shop floor mind.


:-) You must have joined as I was walking out in a huff. You in London or Bath?

I hear tell that the investment in the cycling site is going well. Strangely, I worked in the same office as Cycling News in Sydney before coming back here... or I strangely worked there.

Cheers

Tim
A Nother 15 Oct 2010 16:17
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I agree with Bobber. Clare Dove should be the first out.
anonymous 3 Feb 2011 17:25
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i work at the company and there is a rumor that Clare Coleman Short nee Dove is on her last legs.
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