Mollin Publishing has delayed the launch of its new men’s health
and lifestyle title, Men’s Fitness, by one month after parting company
with the magazine’s launch editor, Stephen Ferns.
Ferns was appointed editor of the glossy magazine last October. Terry
Grimwood, Mollin Publishing’s marketing director, refused to comment on
the reasons for Fern’s departure, but said: ’We parted amicably.’
Ferns has been replaced by the deputy editor of Men’s Fitness, Ben Webb,
who also joined Mollin Publishing last year. Ferns was launch editor of
Conde Nast’s GQ Active in 1996 but left shortly afterwards.
Mollin’s managing director, John Woollcombe, said: ’Stephen Ferns did a
great job in the early stages of development of Men’s Fitness and I am
delighted that Ben will now be carrying the magazine forward as
I am confident that, with Ben at the helm, Men’s Fitness will become one
of the most significant launches of 1999.’
Webb was named Sports Journalist of the Year in 1997. As well as being
contributing editor of GQ, he has written for Loaded, Maxim, The Times,
The Guardian and The Independent.
Men’s Fitness, which was scheduled to launch at the beginning of May,
will now launch on 1 June supported by an ad campaign through St
It follows the launch of Mollin’s women’s health and fitness title,
Shape, on 9 April (Campaign, last week).