New faces for Xbox 360: The Official Magazine

The UK’s biggest-selling games magazine, Xbox 360: The Official Magazine (OXM), has announced a raft of new appointments to strengthen its multi-platform growth.

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell has been appointed online editor, having moved from Kikizo where he was network editor across seven games websites.

Ex-Frank PR man, Frank Lees has been appointed staff writer. Matt previously worked on numerous Activision titles including coordinating last year’s European launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Also joining as staff writer Jon Blyth, whose CV includes The Guardian, PC Zone, Charlie Brooker’s production company Zeppotron and books TV Go Home and The Law Of The Playground, both of which have been made into TV series.

The winner of multiple Games Media Awards, Blyth returns to Future to bring his award-winning writing and video skills to OXM’s print, online and video content.

Mike Channell, who won a Games Media Award for Rising Star in 2009, is promoted from reviews editor to deputy editor.

“I’m delighted to be leading such a supremely talented team,” said editor Jon Hicks.

“Their proven ability in all forms of editorial will be a tremendous asset in our plans to further develop OXM this year.”

The magazine is part of Bath-based Future’s Entertainment Portfolio; the company’s group publisher Simon Maxwell said:

“These appointments are fantastic news for the readers of the UK ’s biggest games magazine. OXM has had a very strong start to 2011, and the combined expertise and experience of the new team will ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength across all platforms.”

Xbox 360: The Official Magazine was launched in 2001 and is the UK’s biggest-selling games magazine and the UK’s only games media brand available in print, online and on Xbox Live.

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