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Paul D. NeedsAt present, Paul D. Needs is co - publisher of and contributor to  Practical PC Update, a web-based computing magazine for home and SOHO computer users.

He also contributes to SoHo Life and Technology on a number of related topics.

Prior to this, he worked as Editor of The Port Talbot Tribune and The Neath Tribune, both monthly tabloid newspapers in his locality.

Paul has been writing for well over ten years, particularly about IT and music, and has freelanced for a number of publications including Microscope, UK Online, Practical PC, Computing with the Amstrad PCW, Amstrad Professional Computing, Popular Computing Weekly, Amstrad User, PC User and ST User as well as for several others.

He has also worked as a professional and semi-professional  musician since 1978.

In 1987 he joined the EMAP/BT/Bell Canada venture, Telemap Group Ltd, working as a PC Specialist Editor for the online publication Micronet 800. He was NUJ Father of Chapel from 1987 to 1988.

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By June 1988 he had become deputy Editor, and was promoted to become Micronet’s Editor in September 1987 - exactly one year after he had joined the publication.

In 1989 Telemap became a part of the BT Dialcom division, complementing other online publications, services and products such as CitiService, Campus 2000 and Prestel Travel on the Prestel and Telecom Gold networked systems Paul was promoted to become Managing/Executive Editor - responsible for all BT’s online leisure and computing publications and activities.

While managing eleven writer/editors, a printed customer magazine and a budget of more than 200,000 a year, he also wrote much of the promotional, marketing and customer support material for Micronet, and also has reported on just about every topic
possible - politics, lifestyle, music, healthcare...

Since leaving BT in 1991, Paul worked as consultant launch editor for the Silicon Village on-line service, and obtained a City & Guilds in Desktop Publishing, and the Certificate of the Institute for Supervision & Management.

 

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