Lotsa drama at IDG: Colin Crawford, who was recently promoted from being the SVP of Online to heading two of its key brands–PCWorld and Macworld–is back as online head, after a big controversy over blurring of editorial and advertising lines. Harry McCracken, PCW’s editor in chief who resigned last week, is now back. Crawford is joining back as EVP, online.
The controversy started last week when Crawford reportedly pressured McCracken to kill stories that were critical of advertisers, especially one entitled “Ten Things We Hate About Apple.” Crawford denied that advertiser pressure played a role in the editorial process on his blog (but the post has since disappeared from his blog).
In a story on PCW’s site, Robert Carrigan, president of IDG Communications said: “In this role, [Crawford] will be responsible for driving IDG’s online strategy and initiatives in support of our Web-centric business focus…We will conduct a search for a new CEO to lead PC World and Macworld.” Some more details in this Wired blog post.