|At 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 Micronets Editor in September 1987 - exactly one year after he had joined the
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 BTs online leisure and computing publications
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
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.