IDG Belgium Partner, Best of Publishing, Launches Channel World Directory

BOSTON, MA – MAY 6, 2003 – International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media company, and its Belgian partner, Best of Publishing, today announced the launch of Channel World Directory. The new resource directory includes a general overview and forecasts for the information and communications technology (ICT) market, interviews with more than 20 prominent professionals in the Belgian channel industry, and data on each segment of the market provided by IDC. In addition, the directory includes a complete listing of channel companies, their product lines and executives' contact information.

 

The premiere Channel World Directory is a 140-page hard cover volume with content in French, Dutch, and English, that includes more than 30 ad pages. Published annually, the Channel Directory has a circulation of 5,000.

The Channel World Directory joins IDG's channel product line in Belgium that reaches more than 9,000 resellers and distributors each month. Targeting all types of IT resellers, VARs, IT consultants and retailers as well as distributors and vendors, the overall IDG Channel World product line includes 30 publications in 25 countries worldwide that reach more than 3 million readers.

"The launch of the Channel World Directory came at a great time in Belgium as the resellers and distributors in our country have been left without an independent source of information since VNU's PC Dealer ceased its publication in 2000," said Jean-Paul De Clerck, publisher of Channel World Belgium. "The Channel World Directory fills the gap by providing a neutral source that unites all of the channel players in our country."

Belgium's Channel World suite of products includes: Channel World magazine, a 32-page monthly reseller publication that is bundled with PC World Belgium and reaches 4,500 resellers and distributors; Channel World News, a weekly e-mail newsletter that reaches 4,500 subscribers, and Channel World Awards, an exclusive event that rewards the best distributors in several categories and attracts nearly 500 resellers and distributors.

The first Channel World Awards dinner debuted earlier in the month and attracted 320 resellers, distributors, and vendors from companies including Ingram Micro, Tech Data, IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sony, and Xerox. The event featured extensive industry networking, a demonstration room for sponsors to showcase their products, and an awards presentation. For more information on Channel World Directory, please contact Jean-Paul De Clerck at jp@best.be.

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people about information technology than any other company in the world and is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.