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Merger plan for Chat and Pick Me Up editorial teams

Editorial teams of two IPC Media titles are to be merged following disappointing sales.

Redundancies are on the cards amid plans from IPC Media to merge the editorial teams at two of its weeky magazines for women.

According to one source, the two magazines will come under one editor following the re-organisation.

Both titles saw their sales decline in the second half of ABC, in common with nearly every other magazine in the women's weekly sector.

Sales of Chat dropped 5.7 per cent to an average of 415,040 and Pick Me Up fell 13 per cent to 287,029.

June Smith-Sheppard stepped down as editor of Chat last month to launch her own business The Fabulous Consultancy. She was editor of Chat before launch-editing Pick Me Up in January 2005. She briefly edited both titles.

Read more at Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette