BPI Communications to Acquire Editor & Publisher

Posted on July 16, 1999

John Babcock, Jr., President/CEO of BPI Communications, has announced an agreement in principle to acquire The Editor & Publisher Company. Editor & Publisher (E&P) is a newsweekly of the newspaper industry. The Editor & Publisher company also includes: Free Paper Publisher, a monthly magazine reporting news about and issues pertinent to free community newspapers and shoppers, a Yearbook series of annuals that compile pertinent contact, rate, circulation data on newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, E&P has both an online and a conference division.

BPI Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of VNU-USA, will be adding the E&P operation to its Adweek Magazines group. Adweek Magazines publishes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and MC magazines and is also engaged in directories, conference and online businesses.

Babcock said, "As the leading magazine in its field, E&P is a perfect complement to our media group." D. Colin Phillips, Publisher of E&P stated, "Based on BPI's leadership in the fields they cover, the Adweek Magazines group will be a perfect place for E&P to continue its 115 year tradition of quality business journalism."

In addition to BPI Communications Inc., other subsidiaries of VNU-USA are VNU Marketing Information Services, Bill Communications, and SRDS. BPI Communications provides specialized publications, electronically delivered data and marketing services to the entertainment, media, marketing, arts and design business and consumer communities. BPI publishes 23 magazines including, Billboard, Shoot, The Hollywood Reporter, Architecture, Interiors and American Artist.