Charlie Turner appointed Top Gear mag editor-in-chief

Turner will attempt to turn around a recent sales dip.

BBC Worldwide has appointed acting editor Charlie Turner as editor-in-chief of Top Gear Magazine.

Turner, who also acts as creative editor for the motoring title, replaces Conor McNicholas who left the magazine in June after less than a year as editor.

The magazine's former deputy editor Tom Ford, who also worked as road test editor of Car magazine and a presenter on Channel Five's Fifth Gear, has been appointed as associate editor of the magazine.

Simon Carrington, publisher of Top Gear, said: "Charlie has been acting editor since the summer, and having done a fantastic job thoroughly deserves this opportunity."

Prior to joining Top Gear Magazine in 2003, Turner worked at F1 magazine and Car magazine.

He takes over a title which has seen sales dip in recent months and which is currently planning a redesign.

According to the most recent figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the title sold an average of 168,148 copies each month in the first half of the year - a drop of 5.5 per cent year on year.

However, it remained the third biggest selling men's magazine and the 55th biggest selling magazine title in the country over the same period.

This piece appeared originally in Press Gazette