So long, and thanks for all the fish...

Sport Diver - - Editor’sletter - Mark Evans, ED­I­TOR

This is the End. The fa­mous song by The Doors is pro­vid­ing the per­fect back­drop as I write this, my fi­nal Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter for Sport Diver. Sadly, Bon­nier, the in­ter­na­tional me­dia owner of the ti­tle, an­nounced at the start of 2017 that they are ceas­ing pro­duc­tion of this mag­a­zine and its as­so­ci­ated web­site af­ter this is­sue runs its course on the news stand. I have been proud to be the Ed­i­tor of Sport Diver mag­a­zine for the last 18 years, a pe­riod that has seen the ti­tle grow sub­stan­tially into a ma­jor player in the mar­ket­place and launch many new and in­no­va­tive ideas (reg­u­lar tech­ni­cal sec­tion, long-term test and so on). I have taken it through four re­designs, three Deputy Editors, nu­mer­ous sales staff and up­per man­age­ment, and even mul­ti­ple pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies. Over that time, we also started an in­dus­try party that be­came a sta­ple on the an­nual event’s cal­en­dar for all the movers and shak­ers in the mar­ket, first at the Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Dive Show and then at the Birm­ing­ham Dive shows, where in the last two years it blos­somed into a lav­ish gala even­ing for 300-plus guests, com­plete with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and the show­man­ship of Monty Halls and Andy Tor­bet. It has been great to meet so many loyal read­ers at dive shows and div­ing events around the coun­try, and I look for­ward to bump­ing into you all again in the fu­ture. That just leaves me to say, happy trav­el­ling and safe div­ing!

NB: It would be great to hear from any long-term sub­scribers, with me­mories of their as­so­ci­a­tion with the mag­a­zine, and I aim to com­pile a se­lec­tion of these on the web­site be­fore it is turned off for the fi­nal time. Email me on: mark.evans@sport­diver.co.uk and then check out the web­site be­fore the end of Fe­bru­ary to see if your com­ments made ‘the cut’. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see who can boast ‘most long-term sub­scriber’...

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