Top Gear's Barlow to edit Emap's rival magazine Car

LONDON - Emap Automotive has poached BBC Top Gear editor-at-large and GQ columnist, Jason Barlow, to be the new editor of Car magazine.

Barlow, who takes up his post on August 31, takes over from Angus Mackenzie, who has left to become editor-in-chief of US magazine Motor Trend. Currently BBC Top Gear magazine's editor-at-large, Barlow is also a long-running columnist on GQ magazine and an editorial consultant at contract publishing house Cedar Communications.

Terri Westlake, Emap's publishing director for modern motoring, said: "We had a huge influx of superb candidates for the post, and it was a tough call to come to a decision. However, Jason stood out with his deep industry knowledge, brilliant magazine craft skills and crucially, his creative vision for the magazine."

Emap's Car experienced one of the biggest period-on-period gains in the last set of ABCs. It was up 6.2% to 114,381 and is up 7.9% year on year.

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