Mac Publishing – publisher of Macworld US – has announced that MacWeek is to be integrated into MacCentral.

Citing financial pressures caused by a softening of the online advertising market, the move has also seen the company lose eight members of staff. The changes take effect as of today.

Colin Crawford, president and CEO of Mac Publishing, said: "It was a difficult decision. However, in today's market it no longer makes sense for us to spread our resources among three news products.

"We believe we can meet the needs of the Macintosh community more efficiently through the headline news on MacCentral.com and the more in-depth coverage on Macworld."

MacWeek launched in 1987 as a weekly print publication. In 1997 it was acquired in a joint venture between Ziff Davis and International Data Group, in 1998 it was reconfigured as an online publication.

It is thought that many of MacWeek's staff will transfer to MacCentral and Macworld.com.