Cabal Communications, the publishing company set up by Sally
O’Sullivan in 1998, has suffered a setback with the departure of its
managing director and co-founder, Andy Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe, who is understood to have left last week, refused to comment
on his departure but it is thought that his exit was prompted by a
personal clash with O’Sullivan. It appears that he has left the company
without a job to go to.
O’Sullivan, Cabal’s chief executive, was unavailable for comment as
Campaign went to press.
Before setting up Cabal, Sutcliffe worked with O’Sullivan at IPC where
he was editor-in-chief of IPC’s music and sports group.
His abrupt exit occurs as the magazine publishing house delays the
launch of two of its magazines.
Mondo, a magazine aimed at men in their 20s, and a publication aimed at
the older men’s market were set to come out in the spring but have been
put back to the autumn (Campaign, 17 March).
The company said the delay had occurred because the proliferation of new
launches in the industry had made it more difficult to secure adequate
Cabal’s key titles include the lads’ magazine Front, which recorded an
ABC of 141,742 in the six months to December, and Real Homes, which had
sales of 131,189, up just under 1 per cent over the previous six-month
period. It also publishes The American Globe, the specialist magazine
title Pro Cycling and the contract magazine Voice for the telecoms
At the beginning of this year it closed Maximum Mountain Bike and sold
Good Health back to its previous publisher.