Rail Express, the leading industry title in Australian rail, has a new owner: Mohi Media.
Announcing the sale, Informa publishing director Peter Attwater said the company had decided to concentrate on other core areas of its business as opposed to trade publishing.
“It has been a great pleasure to have Rail Express in our stable, and I am delighted that the magazine and staff have found a new home with Mohi Media,” he said.
“I am sure it will continue to produce its high standard of content and I wish the whole team all the best,” he added.
(Left to Right) ABHR editor Charles Macdonald; Rail Express editor Oliver Probert; Mohi Media principal Mohi Media; Bulk Handling Equipment & Services Guide editor Ronda McCallum; ABHR and Rail Express national sales manager Patrick Roberts; Informa Australia publishing director Peter Attwater; and ABHR sales executive Margaret Shannon.
Mohi Media is a local, specialist publishing company. The business’ principal, Michael Mohi, is an experienced media executive with an extensive background in television, publishing and printing.
Michael has a long association with Rail Express. As senior executive for printing company Spotpress, he has handled the magazine’s printing and production for the past seven years.
For the last six months, Michael worked closely with the Rail Express team and Informa management during the magazine’s transition of ownership.
“I’ve been close to Rail Express for many years,” Michael explained.
“I’m very confident that the publication will grow over the next few years and I am currently developing new ideas with the team to build upon what is a very well established and important industry product.”
Michael, a Kiwi, has 45 years’ media experience. He worked as a radio and television journalist and current affairs producer with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and Television New Zealand. Crossing the Tasman, Michael joined TCN Nine as a director and amongst other duties was responsible for the network’s promotion of World Series Cricket.
In the 1980s he formed his own publishing business, successfully launching a raft of national magazines in Australia. He launched Countdown magazine with the ABC, the title becoming Australia’s biggest circulating youth music lifestyle magazine with a circulation of over 100,000 copies.
Mohi Media has also acquired Rail Express sister publication Australian Bulk Handling Review, also from Informa.