Q appoints new editor

By | Published on Friday 10 February 2012

Bauer Media

Bauer Media has announced that Andrew Harrison is the new editor of Q Magazine, he replacing incumbent Paul Rees, who is leaving Bauer altogether “to pursue new challenges and opportunities”.

Harrison briefly edited Q in 2000, and was involved with the title, along with Smash Hits and Mixmag, in his role as Editorial Director at the music mags’ then publisher EMAP Performance from 2000-2002. He is also the former editor of Select, and has written over the years for the likes of Rolling Stone, The Observer, GQ and The Guardian, where he coined the phrase “landfill indie”. Which is nice. He joins Q from The Word.

Announcing his appointment, Q’s Publishing Director Rimi Atwal said: “Andrew’s proven track record in magazine craft, coupled with his instinctive understanding of Q’s eclectic audience and his long-standing passion for music, makes him the ideal choice as editor at an exciting stage of product development”.

Harrison added: “I’m thrilled to be taking on the editorship of the world’s greatest music magazine, and I’m looking forward to building on its unrivalled heritage of quality and character. Q is the gold standard of music journalism, and I’ll be working hard with the team to burnish that reputation in the months to come”.

Rees departure took many by surprise, he having been with the Bauer (previously EMAP) since 1991, working his way through the ranks at Kerrang! before becoming Q editor in 2002. Though that he is being replaced by an external appointment suggests Rees’ exit has been anticipated for sometime internally.