The editor of one of the world’s biggest consumer-facing music websites, NME.com, is leaving parent Time Inc in November.
Greg Cochrane joined the UK-based site in 2013, following five years as a Music Reporter at BBC Radio 1‘s Newsbeat.
In 2014 he won the prestigious BSME New Editor Of The Year award.
NME.com is understood to reach approximately 5 million unique users each month.
Cochrane tells MBW that he is going freelance, while also taking up a specially-created new position of Digital Director at Loud And Quiet.
Loud And Quiet champions emerging alternative music through a UK-wide free monthly magazine, and online at loudandquiet.com.
News of Cochrane’s exit arrives as NME editor Mike Williams is promoted to Editor-In-Chief of the brand – a move into what Time Inc calls a “platform-neutral” position.
Speaking to [PIAS]’s blog – The Independent Echo – last month Williams said:
“This old thing of ‘it’s a print piece’ or ‘it’s an online piece’ doesn’t exist anymore: wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, however you want to engage with NME, you’ll be reading the same features.”
The physical weekly NME Magazine is set to go free in September, increasing its circulation to 300,000 people across the UK.Music Business Worldwide