After seven years of building up a formidable publication in the Australian edition of Lifehacker, editor Angus Kidman is hanging up his hat to pursue a new opportunity at Finder.com.au, as the price comparison site’s editor-in-chief.
Chris Jager will take over as acting editor from June 23, and said that Angus’ skills and inappropriate sense of humour will be sorely missed at the Allure office.
“As acting editor, I'll be using everything he’s taught me to keep Lifehacker's legions of fans happy,” said Jager.
Kidman maintains not only a strong profile as Lifehacker’s editor, but as a fixture of the Australian technology journalism community at large, and in a post to his personal blog today said that his new position will allow a greater focus on data-driven insights, in addition to giving him a platform to pass on his experience to Finder’s growing team of journos.
“When I started work at Lifehacker Australia seven years ago, the biggest challenge was reminding the technology and PR community that we existed,” said Kidman.
“These days, we can safely say mission accomplished: with 1.6 million UBs a month and a stack of awards, we’re miles ahead of anyone else! I’ve loved every minute of working on Lifehacker Australia and watching the Allure Media team grow to dominate the tech media industry, but it’s time to take on a fresh challenge.”
Allure’s managing editor and publisher, Danny Allen said that the Allure team was “bummed, but equally excited for him”.
“Gus has been a big factor in Lifehacker’s editorial recognition and commercial success - and at Allure as a whole,” he said.
Allen said that with Kidman’s departure, Allure would be looking for a full-time writer and several freelancers “who might be inspired by Lifehacker’s casual, informative tone.”
“With Chris kicking goals on lifestyle tech content, we’ll be doubling down on Lifehacker’s coverage of the work, IT Pro and enterprise tech space.”
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