What has happened to John Barnett?

By Boris Sedacca

It is now three months since a well-loved publishing figure, John Barnett of BBS Media, went missing when his car was found abandoned somewhere in Cornwall. John was group advertisement manager at Reed Business Publishing for 24 years from 1976 to 2000.

I fist met John around 2003-05 when I was editor of Electrical Times, which was owned by Nexus Publishing at the time, formed from a management buyout of various Reed titles. John was brought in as a consultant to help struggling titles at Nexus to get more market visibility.

John Barnett - technical PR
John Barnett
I was always impressed by John’s grasp of publishing and his industry contacts. John Subsequently went on to launch Web-Lec, which was acquired 18 months ago by eminent entrepreneurial editor Andy Pye of Carousel Internet Publishing and consulting editor of Controls, Drives and Automation.

Andy is full of foreboding for what might have become of John and knows how difficult the whole case must be for his three sons. One of them also posted an appeal on his blog. Ben Barnett writes: “Please help us spread the word and get his face known to as many people as possible by sharing the link below on your social networks of choice.”

Therefore we are posting a photo of John here, a face that is hopefully familiar to many of you reading this blog. I'm doing a blog on the case to try to keep awareness going about it. You feel so helpless though when something like this happens, don’t you?

Surrey Police has also posted up an appeal for John, saying that John’s blue Mazda RX8 vehicle was found in a car park in Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes and is believed to have been there for some days. Enquiries were carried out, including searches of the local area, with the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police.

We at Stone Junction hope that some news about John may come soon.

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