James McMahon announced as new Kerrang! editor

By | Published on Tuesday 7 June 2011

James McMahon has been announced as the new editor of Kerrang!, taking over from the recently departed Nichola Browne. The rock weekly has been celebrating its 30th anniversary sans-Editor.

Although having contributed as a freelancer to Metal Hammer at the start of his career, McMahon spent much of the last ten years at the NME, as a contributor, New Music Editor, Features Editor and latterly Film Editor. After leaving the NME, McMahon initially planned to launch his own music website called Stunt, before deciding to return to more conventional media, having taken the role of Deputy Editor at Future’s GamesMaster title as recently as March.

Confirming his new role at Kerrang!, McMahon told CMU: “When I was a kid I wanted to be the singer in Slayer. Then I found out that they already had a singer so I decided I wanted to be the editor of Kerrang! instead. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to fulfil my dream. Furthermore, I am excited to be joining at a time when the rock scene is so healthy, especially in Britain. Kerrang! has been the guardian of all that’s great and heavy for 30 years, I’m looking forward to booting off 30 more”.

Phil Alexander, Editor In Chief of Kerrang! and MOJO, added: “James brings with him a vast range of experience and expertise, but most significant of all is the fact that he is a rock fan. In his younger days he promoted gigs, when he got older he learnt how to translate that same passion on to the page. I look forward to working with him as he takes Kerrang! to the next level”.

James will start his new post on the 27 Jun.