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Future named top digital publisher with two wins at AOP Awards 2011

10/06/11 Future, the leading specialist interest media group, picked up the two biggest awards of the night at the annual Association of Online Publishers Awards 2011 last night.

In the most coveted awards of the digital publishing industry, Future was named Best Digital Publisher – Consumer.

The judging panel said: “The judges were impressed with the ‘launch and learn’ approach of launching quickly and inexpensively. Success across readership, revenues, new launches, marketplace positioning, social media, engagement and customer service show a solid strategic approach across the company.”

And to complete the celebrations, Future also netted the biggest prize of the night – walking away with the AOP Grand Prix Award.

The judges added: “Future have had an outstanding 2010 in digital, significantly shifting the dial across all their sites and assets. They set a great example to other companies that you don’t need mega budgets to transform your business, just an entrepreneurial and consistent attitude to new media across the organisation.”

The AOP Awards were judged by more than 80 representatives of publishers, tech providers and suppliers to the media industry. The Grand Prix was judged by an independent panel.

Future’s leading technology website www.techradar.com was also highly commended in the Consumer Website category.

Future UK CEO Mark Wood says: “The Award for best Digital Publisher confirms Future as a leader among UK publishers in transforming its business model. And to be named winner of the Grand Prix Award as well shows that our focussed investment in developing our digital businesses has achieved results which are seen as best in class. We have some of the best digital talent in the country working at Future and the award is due recognition of their work. We aim to build on our successes at speed to accelerate our digital businesses in the year ahead.”

Future is a leader in the field of digital publishing. Its web and mobile sites deliver 160 million* page impressions every month to over 25 million unique users. Ours brands engage over 1.1million Facebook fans and half a million Twitter followers. Digital now accounts for a third of all Future’s commercial revenues. And its development of video on demand and apps is rightly regarded as market leading. Technology brand T3 is leading the way on iPad, becoming one of the top grossing apps in the UK and one of the very few five star apps in the world.

The Future digital portfolio includes award winning and hugely respected brands including: www.techradar.com, www.cyclingnews.com, www.gamesradar.com, www.cvg.co.uk, www.musicradar.com and www.bikeradar.com.

* Source: comScore Digital Analytix


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About Future:

Future plc is an international special-interest media group, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).  Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events.  We hold market-leading positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts.  Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Classic Rock, Guitar World and Official Xbox Magazine.  Our websites include www.gamesradar.com, www.bikeradar.com, and www.techradar.com. Future sells more than 3 million magazines each month; we attract more than 25 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 27 annual live events.  In addition, Future exports or syndicates publications to 90 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.