Managing director of Cabal Communications Andy Sutcliffe has walked
out of the troubled publisher after a row with chief executive Sally
Neither O’Sullivan nor Sutcliffe were available to comment on the
reasons behind his sudden departure, but it is thought that Sutcliffe
decided to quit following an argument last Tuesday.
His resignation follows those of fellow staff Charmian Denison, who last
week joined IPC Southbank as advertisement manager of 19 and Mizz (Media
Business, 13 March), and PR manager Jennifer Press, who quit to join the
BBC last month.
Another founding member, former commercial director Helen Brocklebank,
quit last year and joined Emap Elan in October. Also in October, Front
ad director Dan Proctor resigned abruptly.
Denison, Brocklebank and Press starred in the recent BBC docusoap
Trouble Between the Covers. The series exposed the tensions that arose
as Cabal attempted to establish itself in the magazine publishing
Earlier this year, Cabal closed Maximum Mountain Bike and returned Good
Health to its former owner following disappointing sales results. It was
scheduled to launch two men’s titles this month but they have now been
put back until autumn.
Cabal claimed the delay was caused by a lack of retail shelf space
resulting from the spring launch of women’s glossies PS, Aura and Nova.
However, this is belied by the fact that four more women’s titles are
set to launch in the autumn, making shelf space even more scarce.
One of the new men’s titles, Mondo, is aimed at slightly older readers
than Front and is said to be a style-led magazine. The other title is
aimed at older men.
Before her departure, Denison had been selling the new men’s magazines
following the closure of Good Health.
Cabal has had little success in gaining contract publishing business to
support its consumer launches. However, its flagship titles Front and
Real Homes recorded impressive July to December ABCs of 141,742 and