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Subject: Tony Elliott, founder of "Time Out" magazine in UK that later went global, at age 73 after a long illness .....


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Date Posted: Friday, July 17, 02:18:45pm

'A visionary publisher': Tony Elliott, Time Out magazine founder, dies
By Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian, Fri 17 Jul 2020 19.46 BST
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/17/a-visionary-publisher-tony-elliott-time-out-magazine-founder-dies

Tony Elliott, the founder of the events listings magazine Time Out, has died after a long illness, the magazine has said.

The 73-year-old set up the magazine in London in 1968 and grew it into a major publishing firm covering events in cities around the world.

Elliott passed away on Thursday, the magazine said, as it announced its first post-coronavirus lockdown print edition would be dedicated to him.

According to the publisher’s own history, Elliott founded the magazine during a summer holiday from Keele University, where he was studying. “He produced the first edition on the kitchen table in his mother’s house in Kensington with £70, part of a recent 21st birthday present from his aunt.”

It began its global expansion in 1995 with the launch of Time Out New York and the process continued in the following decade. In 2010, Elliott sold half of his share to a private equity firm, though he stayed on as chairman. Two years later, the flagship London edition was relaunched as a free magazine and the firm branched out to cover half a dozen more UK cities.

Elliott was described as a shy man in his youth by his ex-wife Janet Street-Porter. He acknowledged this trait in an interview with the Guardian in 2008: “I was a lot shyer then. I have got much better. As you get older you get more confident.

“Fights are easy because they are black and white, but having casual conversations with complete strangers about nothing in particular is extremely hard work and I am not very good at that at all. I think that comes from what kind of background you come from.”

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