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29/07/2004 - Emap Automotive Appoints Jason Barlow as Editor of CAR

Jason Barlow has been appointed the new editor of Emap Automotive’s CAR, Britain’s most influential and stylish motoring magazine.

Barlow brings a wealth of talent and experience to the role. Currently BBC TOP GEAR magazine’s editor-at-large, he is also a long-running columnist on GQ magazine, and an editorial consultant at contract publishing house Cedar Communications. He is also familiar to millions of viewers for his television work, with credits including BBC2’s Wrong Car, Right Car and Top Gear, and Channel Four’s Driven.

As a former CAR assistant editor and long-time reader, Barlow knows the magazine intimately, from its peerless production values and knowing voice to its trailblazing position in setting the motoring agenda, both at home and abroad.

Barlow commented:

“For everyone in the motor industry - from executives to designers, engineers to PRs - CAR is the first magazine they reach for. It’s a byword for excellence in the world of publishing, with its inspirational design, great writing, credibility, personality and uncompromising views. That’s why it’s so popular with its readers.

“I began reading it when I was only 10, and it inspired me to become a journalist. It has always been one of the greatest magazines in the world – and I’m looking forward to working with the team and building on its success.

“We live in very interesting times, culturally, socially, and politically. CAR will better reflect what’s going on in the wider world, as well as acknowledging the harsher realities of 21st century motoring. I want it to be fun to work on, as well as being fun to read.’”

Terri Westlake, Emap’s publishing director, 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.”

Barlow takes up the post on 31 August, replacing Angus Mackenzie, who has left to become editor-in-chief of US magazine Motor Trend.


Jason Barlow, journalist and broadcaster, presented BBC2's top-rated motoring programme Wrong Car, Right Car from 2002 to 2003. He also fronted 53 editions of the BBC's Top Gear programme from 2000 until 2002, and was presenter/associate editor on Channel Four's successful Driven programme.

Jason is a contributing editor and monthly columnist on GQ magazine, a consultant editor for contract publishing house Cedar Communications, and writes regularly for The Times, The Independent and The Erotic Review.

He was assistant editor on CAR magazine from 1997 to 1999, production editor on loaded magazine from 1995 until 1997, and production editor on Performance Car magazine from 1993 to 1995.

Jason has a degree in law from the University of Manchester, and a post-graduate diploma in journalism studies from the University of Cardiff. He is married with a baby daughter, and lives in Hertfordshire.

CAR is the UK's most influential monthly motoring magazine, with an ABC of 114,381 (JulDec2003, up 7% year-on-year). The magazine, which published its 500th issue this year, began life in 1962 as Small Car and Mini Owner.

Emap Automotive is the UK's leading car and bike media company and aspires to be the world's biggest and best. The business encompasses magazines, websites, major shows and conferences, across consumer and business-to-business markets.

Emap Consumer Media comprises the majority of the company's consumer magazine portfolio in the UK and overseas, with the exception of France. Over 70 titles in the UK, many with market leading positions serve the motoring (Emap Automotive), special interest (emap Active), women's and youth (Emap Elan), women's weeklies (emap Entertainment) and men's lifestyle and style (emap East) markets. FHM and all its businesses - UK and International - is now a division in its own right within eCM and publishes editions in 27 countries, including the UK, France, Australia and the US.

Emap plc is one of the UK's leading media companies.  emap plc leads the marketplace with a strong portfolio of over 400 products including FHM, Kiss, Heat, Nursing Times, Health Service Journal, Spring Fair, MaxPower, Kerrang! and Smash Hits!.  It owns and develops leading edge brands in radio, TV, consumer magazines and B2B (magazines, conferences and exhibitions) in the UK, France and around the world.