Cabal Communications MD makes an abrupt departure

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.

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

retail promotions.



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

company Thus.



At the beginning of this year it closed Maximum Mountain Bike and sold

Good Health back to its previous publisher.



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