Cybervillage closure 'end of an era'Published: 20th Nov 2006, 15:31:25 | Permalink | Printable
Editor calls it a dayMedia watch - The Acorn Cybervillage closed its doors this week after editor Dave Bradforth admitted he no longer has enough time for the site. The contents of the website will remain online, said Dave, who now edits eBay Advisor magazine. He described the closure as "the end of an era."
Launched by Stuart Halliday in 1995 as a RISC OS news website, the site grew with the addition of information on emulation, printing, and other hints'n'tips. Cybervillage scored a run of news exclusives, beating its print and online rivals, primarily during the break-up of Acorn and the run up to the launch of the Castle Iyonix. Dave took over the site when Stuart stepped down last year, but not before the Cybervillage bagged five web gongs for its efforts.
In a message to CV visitors over the weekend, Dave wrote: "I've spent a lot of time considering the future for The Acorn Cybervillage. At present my work commitments do not make it practical to continue with the site; and recognising how long it has been since its last update, I've decided to close the site. I wish to express our gratitude to Stuart for developing the site initially."
David told us: "I'm not planning to remove the content; I needed to simply make the situation clear. It is the end of an era, but the start of a new one, I would hope. There's always been a lot of potential in the RISC OS market, and we can hope that somebody taps that potential sooner rather than later."
The site, which once attracted thousands of visitors a week, served 21,194 pages of content in October.
• A new RISC OS news blog opened this month.
Still online: Emulation pages, digital camera guide, printing guide
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