Press release

Quest wins ;lsquo;Magazine Of The Year' award

Hamburg, 09 December 2009 – Quest wins ;lsquo;Magazine Of The Year' award

In front of a capacity crowd of 1.000 top magazine professionals during the annual Mercur Magazine Awards Gala Quest received the Mercur award for ;lsquo;Magazine Of The Year'. The entire editorial team of 30 climbed the stage when the winner was announced. ;lsquo;And then there were just eight of us in the beginning', says Karlijn van Overbeek, Editor-in-Chief. ;lsquo;Circulation has steadily increased since the launch in 2004. Over 200.000 copies of Quest are being sold every month, satisfying a total readership of almost 1,1 million. This Mercur award is also a prize for all those readers. We are proud to carry the title ;lsquo;Magazine Of The Year' for all of 2010.'

Eric Blok, CEO of G+J Uitgevers and Publisher of Quest says: ;lsquo;I am delighted and extremely proud of what Karlijn and her team have achieved in such a short time. Questhas won three different Mercur awards in only five years, after Launch Of The Year in 2004, Editor-in-Chief Of The Year in 2007, now completing the success story with the most prestigious award in the magazine publishing industry in this year.'

Unexpected success of Quest
When Quest appeared in 2004, media experts were sceptical. A popular science magazine about history, technology and psychology surely would never be a bestseller. Yet in a few years Quest has become the largest monthly magazine in the Netherlands. Even during the financial crisis circulation continues to grow, according to circulation figures audited by the independent HOI institute. Quest also publishes successful line extensions, such as Quest History, Quest Health and Quest Psychology, some of which already are, or will soon be independent magazines. Furthermore, the Quest kitchen produces various brand extensions, such as, books, DVDs, calendars, diaries and more. Van Overbeek: ;lsquo;This is a prize for all the work we have done. But we are certainly not going to lean back, we still have goals we want to accomplish. This will not be our last success.'

Quest is a publication of G+J Uitgevers, located in Diemen who also publish Glamour, JAN, National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler.

Karlijn van Overbeek
Editor in chief Quest
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