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TrustedReviews acquired by IPC Media

TrustedReviews acquired by IPC Media

IPC Media has acquired our sister site, TrustedReviews.

This may come as a bit as a shock to some of you in the community, especially those who are fans of both TrustedReviews and bit-tech.net, but TR has been acquired by IPC Media.

TrustedReviews, the UK's leading product review site, and bit-tech, the UK's premier hardware and modding website, have been in partnership for a number of years and share offices in Ascot.

IPC Media, which runs a selection of magazines and websites including Loaded, NME and Mountain Bike Rider, today announced the purchase for an undisclosed amount. TrustedReviews will be moved to the Inspire sub-brand, owned by IPC Media and headed by Paul Williams.

"Trusted Reviews is an excellent fit with our established technology brands," said Paul Williams. "Our business is all about great content, and that's at the heart of TrustedReviews."

The move marks the end to the TrustedReviews and bit-tech partnership. Hugh Chappell, managing director of both companies will be moving away from TrustedReviews at the end of the year, but will retain his position with bit-tech, which will become an independent company once more.

How will this effect content on bit-tech? Quite simply, it won't. Here at bit-tech we pride ourselves on providing regular, reliable and honest content for our community of hardware, modding and games enthusiasts. This focus on the enthusiast market made bit-tech a poor fit with IPC Media's portfolio, but that doesn't mean that bit-tech will be closing down - quite the opposite.

bit-tech, which was born out of the modding community and started as a group of geeks in their bedrooms, will continue to grow from its current state as the UK’s premier source of modding, hardware and games content for enthusiasts. In other words – soon we shall conquer the world!

As a result, Tim Smalley will continue as Editor for bit-tech with the same team of regular, expert writers continuing to follow his every whim.

Part of what makes bit-tech great is the strong and knowledgeable community, so if you want to drop in the forums to give the TrustedReviews team your well wishes then we'll make sure they read it. We wish them good luck in the future!

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will. 22nd October 2007, 13:44 Quote
Good luck!
Mankz 22nd October 2007, 13:44 Quote
As long as nothing changes, then thats good news!
Orca 22nd October 2007, 13:52 Quote
Best of luck to TR. Now onwards with the world domination BT :D
Lazlow 22nd October 2007, 13:53 Quote
Does this mean Bit-tech will inherit all of the Trusted reviews office space?
DougEdey 22nd October 2007, 13:53 Quote
All I can say is Bye Bye RTT as bit developer.

We may miss your coding.
RTT 22nd October 2007, 13:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
All I can say is Bye Bye RTT as bit developer.

We may miss your coding.

I've (sadly) not worked for, or on, bit-tech since mid 2005 - TR have owned me since then :) I don't think that has been known to you regulars until now ;) Jamie is super super elite, so there's nothing to worry about on that front :D
Ramble 22nd October 2007, 13:57 Quote
Lets hope you don't go under.
Tim S 22nd October 2007, 13:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramble
Lets hope you don't go under.

That's one thing that I'm sure is not going to happen :)
cosmic 22nd October 2007, 13:58 Quote
You ave done agreat job on both sites RTT
DougEdey 22nd October 2007, 13:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RTT
I've (sadly) not worked for, or on, bit-tech since mid 2005 - TR have owned me since then :) I don't think that has been known to you regulars until now ;) Jamie is super super elite, so there's nothing to worry about on that front :D

What was with that little portal thing then.

And you looked at that sendmail script so ner :p
CardJoe 22nd October 2007, 14:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazlow
Does this mean Bit-tech will inherit all of the Trusted reviews office space?

No, the opposite. We'll be moving offices ourselves.
antiHero 22nd October 2007, 14:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
No, the opposite. We'll be moving offices ourselves.

Where are you guys moving then?
Tim S 22nd October 2007, 14:20 Quote
We're not moving anywhere for a while... it'll be sometime in the next few months. :)
DougEdey 22nd October 2007, 14:21 Quote
Come to boro, it's regenerating don'tcha know. And will help to get us off the bottom :D
Tim S 22nd October 2007, 14:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
Come to boro, it's regenerating don'tcha know. And will help to get us off the bottom :D

heh, I'm fairly sure we'll be staying "in the area".
CardJoe 22nd October 2007, 14:30 Quote
We'd better be - I only just moved down here! :P
Hugo 22nd October 2007, 14:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
We'd better be - I only just moved down here! :P
Yeah, I just moved down to start working for TR, buggered if I'm relocating again (unless it's to London, I'd move to London)
Mankz 22nd October 2007, 14:37 Quote
BT, move to Windsor
ArtificialHero 22nd October 2007, 14:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz.
BT, move to Windsor

Windsor is a rather expensive place to base a business, which is why no one bothers ('cept for shops, and that). I *did* see some nice new offices for rent when I passed through Bourne End the other day though - not too far from Bracknell, and Bourne End is a much nicer setting. Edit: nicer than Bracknell, not nicer than Windsor.

AH
RTT 22nd October 2007, 14:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
stuff

Yeah, well i've worked on some of it indirectly - the main database layer and a few other things (I think) were stolen by bit-tech to power the latest version of the site, but generally i've had zero to do with bit-tech, as i said, since '05 :)

it's safe to say bit-tech won't be going far for new offices, a few miles at the very most :p
Jamie 22nd October 2007, 14:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz.
BT, move to Windsor

Reading would be better :P
antiHero 22nd October 2007, 14:45 Quote
So if you guys move you will have a "Moving house clearout" aint?:D
steveo_mcg 22nd October 2007, 14:45 Quote
Plenty nice cheap (ish) office space at the gyle, so come on up to the best place in Britain.

Good luck TR i hope things work out well.
<A88> 22nd October 2007, 15:04 Quote
You live in Reading Jamie?

<A88>
Delphium 22nd October 2007, 15:10 Quote
Well I wish you guys at TR the best of luck on your new found path!!
I shall be sure to still tune in as always :D
BioSniper 22nd October 2007, 16:07 Quote
I'll rent bit my bedroom for donations of graphics cards every once in a while :p

Grats to TR for being picked up by a larger company, glad that it doesn't affect Bit though in some respects. I love it just the way it is and I feel that any take over by a larger company that wasn't modding orientated would only ruin the feel anyway ;)
Firehed 22nd October 2007, 16:20 Quote
Best of luck to both of you collections of geeks.
Blademrk 22nd October 2007, 16:35 Quote
Good luck guys (to both TR and BT)
Ramble 22nd October 2007, 17:13 Quote
Come to Oxfordshire, plenty of BTers live here and around here. Good transport links to London/Bristol and other major cities.
zerolock 22nd October 2007, 17:16 Quote
good luck for TR and let's spread the geekdom with BT!
anisbet2171 22nd October 2007, 18:38 Quote
Hopefully with the acquisition by IPC Media, there won't be as many spelling mistakes at TR. I can't remember the last article I read that didn't have at last one mistake.
Jamie 22nd October 2007, 18:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by <A88>
You live in Reading Jamie?

<A88>

No, but I would rather live there than Bracknell.
yodasarmpit 22nd October 2007, 19:34 Quote
Wow, quite big news.
I really hope it doesn't have a negative impact upon B-T, good luck with the future to both TR and B-T.
CardJoe 22nd October 2007, 19:38 Quote
As long as the community stays behind us, nothing on Bit-tech is going to change. I may be new, but I know that much!
samkiller42 22nd October 2007, 19:38 Quote
Good luck guys with the move to your new offices. Long may bit and TR continue happily.

Sam
alastor 22nd October 2007, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
No, but I would rather live there than Bracknell.
Would rather live anywhere than Bracknell tbh.

Except Middlesbrough of course :p

Good luck to all, hope the transfer goes smoothly.
Tim S 22nd October 2007, 19:47 Quote
Move to Camberley, J!
Jordan Wise 22nd October 2007, 19:47 Quote
hang on, does this mean no more articles by riyad or hugo for bit tech? i liked the last two! (Don't worry joe, yours are great as well)
Cupboard 22nd October 2007, 19:48 Quote
Move to Birmingham, then you could be near that new-ish LAN center!

How did you decide who reviewed what before? There must have been a reasonable amount of overlap.
RTT 22nd October 2007, 23:46 Quote
Seriously, stop telling us to move to {some place}. It's staying in Ascot, end of :p
CardJoe 23rd October 2007, 08:44 Quote
Man, we should move up to Derbyshire just so I can get back into a social climate more fitting with my origins (I.e., sitting at home eating home made jam and drinking local beers, talking to sheep)
Woodstock 23rd October 2007, 09:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Man, we should move up to Derbyshire just so I can get back into a social climate more fitting with my origins (I.e., sitting at home eating home made jam and drinking local beers, talking to sheep)

talking is that what they call it now ;), bit of a shame enjoyed the odd tr review over hear
ArtificialHero 23rd October 2007, 09:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
As long as the community stays behind us, nothing on Bit-tech is going to change. I may be new, but I know that much!

Don't know if this is a particularly good place to say this, but I really think you're a great addition to the bit-tech team. I've really enjoyed everything you've put out so far (even if you do have a slightly disconcerting obsession with Guybrush).

AH
CardJoe 23rd October 2007, 10:06 Quote
:o

To the doll on my desktop: You hear that l'il Guybrush? He likes us! Now we don't have to kill them all!
Jordan Wise 23rd October 2007, 10:36 Quote
i hope you're not being serious about the doll, but i really wouldn't put it past you lol
Da_Rude_Baboon 23rd October 2007, 12:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz.
As long as nothing changes, then thats good news!

I hope the awful navigation changes. Good luck TR. ;)
CardJoe 23rd October 2007, 13:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
i hope you're not being serious about the doll, but i really wouldn't put it past you lol

Don't worry, the only personal items I have on my desk are my chav-like hat and my Imperial Septim from Oblivion.
Hugo 23rd October 2007, 14:08 Quote
Don't believe Joe, he has a whole shrine to Monkey Island in the corner of the office. I swear he even styles his hair after Guybrush.

He's not lying about the hat though...
Brooxy 23rd October 2007, 17:29 Quote
Good luck with the move. If bit is going solo now, does that mean it'll have even more products to review?
Lazlow 24th October 2007, 20:19 Quote
Good luck with the move - can you post an article (with pics of course!) once you've settled into your new premises?
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