PC World Editor Resigns Over Dispute
PC World editor-in-chief Harry McCracken has resigned over an editorial dispute with new PC World Communications CEO Colin Crawford. While Crawford declined to comment, IDG spokesperson Howard Sholkin said, "Harry has resigned. He and Colin had a disagreement on an opinion piece, they couldn’t come to an agreement on it and Harry felt strongly enough about it that he resigned."
The dispute was over whether the magazine should run an opinion piece titled "Ten Things We Hate About Apple." Crawford had reportedly also told PC World editors that product reviews were too critical of vendors, according to a Wired blog.
Comments on the Wired blog seem to be split between seeing the move as a gross violation of editorial freedom or as the right call to kill a piece that didn’t add much for the reader’s benefit. Reader comments on PCWorld.com however, are so far decrying the move. Sholkin said that Crawford might post his own response on his blog in the near future.
McCracken was a 15-year veteran of IDG. In March, Crawford, who was recently named to the 2007 Folio: 40, was promoted from senior vice president of online to CEO of PC World and Mac Publishing.