PC World Wins ABP Bell "Best Specialist Magazine of the Year Award"

IDG's PC World received the major award, "Best Specialist Magazine of the Year". PC World's Web site was also named as "Electronic Editorial Product of the Year".

In addition, PC World was highly commended in the categories of "Best Product Information Series", "Best Case Studies Series" and "Best Analytical Writing" for its series to get small businesses online, eComWorld.

PC World's Scott Mendham - author of special reports on File Sharing, Cashing in on your Web site's success, and the lively Alt.net column - was highly commended as "Best Newcomer to Journalism". LinuxWorld.com.au, which was launched by PC World this year, was named as a finalist in "Electronic Publishing Launch of the Year".

"Winning the top Bell award confirms that PC World is the best editorial product in the computer magazine category," said Mike Udabage, Vice President PC Division. "I am therefore very confident that with the current double digit circulation growth, PC World will be number one in circulation within the next two ABC audits."

A panel of 16 judges working in the media and publishing industry selected the ABP Bell Award winners. They commented that PC World was, "A bright and busy publication that presents a lively mix with an info-packed, action-packed feel."

The awards follows an extremely successful period in the 17-year history of PC World, with the launch of its LinuxWorld.com.au and eComWorld initiatives, as well as the pursuit of new online ventures in the new year.

"PC World's success this year is testament to the dedication of its team in continuing to provide lively, well written, and focused editorial for this diverse audience," said PC World's editor, Amanda Conroy. "I am sure that our new editorial and online initiatives in 2001 will continue our growth in the PC market."

PC World Report Card for 2000

Publication Bell Awards 2000 Results % growth Australian circulation to June 2000 % and page growth YTD at October
  Finalist Winner Highly Commended Source: ABC Audit Source: ACNielen AdEx
PC World

APC 0 0 0 -5.20% -9.90%
PC User 0 0 0 1.30% -11.70%
PC Authority 0 0 0 3.70% -0.04
PC Magazine 0 0 0 -9.90% -4.80%

In addition to PC World's outstanding success in the areas of print and online journalism, its sister publications in IDG Communications' stable won the other main award; six of the eight awards for editorial excellence; two of the three electronic publishing awards; and magazine launch of the year.The Australian Business Publishers Association (ABP) Bell Awards recognise excellence in business and specialist publishing. Now in its fifth year, the awards attracted more than 250 entries from print and online publications.

IDG's CIO magazine received the Bell award for "Business Magazine of the Year" as well as winning "Best editorial issues campaign of the year", "Best case studies of the year", "Best analytical writing of the year" and "Business publishing printing project of the year".

The Industry Standard Australia was recognised as "magazine launch of the year", Australian Reseller News won "best product information series of the year" for the second year in a row, and Computerworld's Lauren Thomsen-Moore was recognised as "Best newcomer to journalism".

IDG Communications Managing Director Don Kennedy said the company won 12 of the 28 categories in which awards were given and had a total of 59 finalists.

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For further information contact:

Mike Udabage, Vice President PC DivisionPhone: 02 9902 2774mailto:mike_udabage@idg.com.auAmanda Conroy, Editor, Australian PC WorldPhone: 02 9902 2781mailto:amanda_conroy@idg.com.auMatt RigneyNational Advertising Manager PC DivisionPhone: 02 9902 2759mailto:matt_rigney@idg.com.auFor this and other recent PC World press releases visit http://pcworld.idg.com.auPC World Background Australian PC World was launched in 1984 and is part of IDG's global PC World product line, which is published in 63 different countries.

Australian PC World has now had 20 consecutive periods of ABC growth: Current circulation is 57,434 (June 2000).

Australian PC World is also part of the PC World Online global network which has:

3.5 million visits per month, 40 million ad views per month and 13 million page views per month.

Australian PC World is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 books. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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