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Network World transitions to digital-only model

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Framingham, Mass.—IDG Enterprise's Network World has discontinued its print edition and moved to a digital-only model. Its final print issue was published June 3. Originally a weekly, Network World scaled back its print schedule to biweekly more than three years ago. Network World editors and writers will continue working on the brand's website, newsletters, events and social networks; eight positions were eliminated in other areas, the company said. Network World's shift to all-digital distribution follows the direction set by IDG Enterprise's InfoWorld, which exited print in 2007. The company's philosophy in recent years, often stated by IDG Communications Worldwide CEO Bob Carrigan, has been to manage print for profit and digital for growth. In addition to moving some publications to all digital, IDG and its IDG Enterprise division have also started new digital-only brands, such as ITworld. In an internal announcement, Michael Friedenberg, president-CEO of IDG Enterprise, said: “Over the past year, NetworkWorld.com traffic has increased by 11% and revenue from its regional event series has increased by 19%, highlighting the demand for this brand. While business decisions such as these are hard, as a business we need to focus our attention on growth areas and evolve with the market.”
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