Future builds on iPad success to launch weekly digital football mag with Press Association - Press Gazette

Future builds on iPad success to launch weekly digital football mag with Press Association

Future has partnered with the Press Association to launch a new weekly football magazine for the iPad.

Football Week launches in early February and will preview every English Premier League game, featuring team news, head-to-head info, player data and the latest stats.

Over the weekend these will update with the addition of text commentary, in-game stats and post-match analysis.

Future said that a dedicated team will provide a “wealth of player interviews, think pieces and expert editorial about the wider issues of the modern game”.

Publisher Mark Cantwell said “We are lucky to have a robust and flexible structure at Future that allows us to bring in resource as required so team size is always, whatever it needs to be in order to make the best product possible.

“Football Week will be casting the net far and wide in our search for the best writers in football journalism to allow us to have a diverse and wide ranging feel to the title.

He added that editor Gregor MacGregor will be “looking to work with the best new and established bloggers, whilst Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian, Goal, World Soccer), one of the most respected football writers in the country, will be writing a regular column”.

 Cantwell said: “We truly believe this is the ultimate accompaniment to the weekend’s Premier League action.

“We have focussed on filling the gaps that traditional media like TV, Magazines and Websites leave behind, to put the consumer at the heart of everything we do and complete their weekend football experience.

“We are particularly proud of The Match Hub – it’s as live as it is possible to get and custom designed for the iPad.”

Future CEO said Mark Wood said: “Football Week is a unique iPad product and a genuine first for Future.

“We are moving rapidly outside the boundaries of our traditional business and fusing the best aspects of print and web media together for the tablet.

“The Press Association has been the best partner possible for this new type of product and although their infrastructure and content are important it is their ambition and willingness to innovate with us that has been key.”




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