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Blank Canvas welcomes APB into its portfolio

Blank Canvas welcomes APB into its portfolio
L–R: Andrew Yeo, APB publisher, Kylie Chua, APB chief marketing officer, Jessie Tan, APB sales director with Carolyn Valliere, Blank Canvas sales associate, Marne Mittelmann, Blank Canvas circulation manager and Raymond Boey, Blank Canvas production manager

Blank Canvas welcomes APB into its portfolio


Asia’s leading broadcast magazine, widely known as APB, has announced that it will continue its next chapter as part of the Blank Canvas Publishing arm at BroadcastAsia 2019.

In welcoming Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) into its portfolio, Richard Lawn, co-founder and director of Blank Canvas Publishing, noted that the magazine has been serving the evolving APAC broadcast sector for more than three decades – with over two of the three being led by its current publisher and editorial director, Andrew Yeo. 

Lawn said: 'I’ve known Andrew since 1997 shortly before he bought the title from Miller Freeman. At that time, I was working for Miller Freeman. And our paths crossed again as our London-based operation was in the process of setting up Pro Sound News Asia to be printed in Singapore.

'Having set up a great team, Andrew has consistently delivered a highly valued regional B2B magazine in a dynamic marketplace. To say I have respected his achievements over the past two decades is an understatement.'

Blank Canvas Publishing, currently producing a range of pro audio, video and lighting titles including Pro AVL Asia (first launched at BroadcastAsia in 2002), Pro AVL MEA and Worship AVL, is ideally placed to absorb APB into its stable of well-respected trade magazines. 

'When Andrew recently approached me to take on stewardship for the title, I was both shocked and honoured. Inheriting a marketing-leading title with a 36-year heritage demands the enormous respect it undoubtedly merits,' said Lawn.

Yeo revealed: 'Editec International, the publisher of APB, has been tracking the performance of Blank Canvas Publishing for many years. While I enjoy journalism and the publishing of APB, the time has come for me to hand over the magazine to a younger, experienced publisher and to keep my promise to my dear wife who has supported the company through thick and thin. I promised her that I will retire, or at least semi-retire, at age 65, then parlayed with her to 70, then 72 and now I am 73!'

Yeo added: 'In any alliance or acquisition, both parties must be on the same wavelength, have similar vision and mission and, equally important, synergy. I do firmly believe that under Richard’s stewardship, APB will be able to move to the next level and, in the world of Instagram, go digital, go social!'

With the recently expanded Pro AVL Digital team at Blank Canvas, now supplying high-quality multimedia content, plans are indeed afoot to extend both the print and digital reach of APB as a publication.

'The APB team is looking forward to being a part of the Blank Canvas family,' said Yeo, adding that he would stay on as a consultant for a year or two to ensure APB’s heritage continues to flourish.

Lawn said: 'The acquisition of this title demonstrates our commitment to charting a course in high-quality print media; however, visitors and viewers to our social media platforms, websites and video channels are fully aware that Blank Canvas Publishing is pursuing its own path in digital media. Over time, the coming together of our talented and committed teams can only benefit the readers of APB, in addition to the wider broadcasting community in Asia and beyond.'

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