Press Gazette’s summary of the latest senior job moves and major personnel changes in UK news media. Refresh page for latest updates.
BBC Breakfast | Business presenter
23/5/22: The BBC has announced Hannah Miller as the new business presenter for BBC Breakfast. Miller joins from ITV News, where she currently serves as North of England correspondent and last year won the Royal Television Society’s “Nations and Regions Presenter of the Year” award.
BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani said: “The cost of living crisis is crucial to millions of viewers and Hannah will play a major role in explaining to our audience the key developments in the story.’’
Miller will present business news on Thursdays and Fridays, with Nina Warhurst presenting Monday through Wednesday.
The Sun | Business editor
23/5/22: The Sun has hired Times retail editor Ashley Armstrong to be its new business editor. Starting as a City AM reporter before covering retail at the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, Armstrong started at The Times in 2019. She will begin work at The Sun in the summer.
Armstrong said: “The cost of living crisis means there is going to be huge interest in how businesses are directly impacting readers’ lives and their wallets. I’m looking forward to being responsible for a buzzy and feisty section and breaking big consumer news – celebrating success where it’s due and holding feet to the fire when it’s required.”
Sun editor-in-chief Victoria Newton said Armstrong’s role “is more integral than ever as we fight for hard up brits by exposing rip-offs and holding to account government and big businesses to help save them money.”
DMG Media | Global chief brand officer and managing director of US operations
18/5/22: DMG Media has promoted Dailymail.com chief brand officer Sean Walsh to global chief brand officer and managing director of US operations.
He will oversee all global communications for DMG Media brands including Mail Newspapers, Mail Online and DailyMail.com, and take on additional responsibility for the day-to-day running of the US operation.
Walsh, a former producer at Nine Network Australia and ABC News in the US, will be based in New York but also work across DMG Media’s offices in London, Los Angeles and Sydney.
DMG Media chief executive Rich Caccappolo, who himself was promoted to that role in November, said: “Sean has done a phenomenal job of helping make Daily Mail a household name in the US and Australia over the past eight years.
“He has championed our news brands to build DailyMail.com and Mail Online into global digital powerhouses. Sean has been a great executive partner to me for many years and his expanded responsibilities will assist me as I continue to transition from COO, Mail Online to CEO, DMG Media.”
Politico | UK editor and Westminster Insider host
16/5/22: Politico Europe has appointed Jack Blanchard as UK editor following the promotion of Kate Day to deputy editor-in-chief earlier this year.
Ailbhe Rea has joined Politico from her role as political correspondent at the New Statesman, where she co-hosted its award-winning flagship podcast, to succeed Blanchard as host of Westminster Insider. He will continue to edit, co-host and co-produce the podcast.
Both new roles came into effect on Monday 16 May.
The Economist Group | Chief technology officer and chief product officer
10/5/22: The Economist Group has named Michael Fleshman as the group’s new chief technology officer and Liz Goulding as chief product officer for The Economist and Economist Impact (formerly Economist Events).
Fleshman has previously served as senior vice president of consumer digital technology for BBC Worldwide and chief technology and information officer at the Financial Times.
Goulding joins from Discovery, Inc., where she had been group vice president for sports products. Previously she was head of digital platforms for Sky Sports.
The Economist Group said “The additions to the leadership team come as the Group is making substantial progress in its ongoing transition to a digital business… The Group has ambitious product roadmaps that put digital innovation at the centre of its offerings.”
ITN | Chief executive
4/5/22: Incumbent ITV News editor Rachel Corp will be ITN’s next chief executive, succeeding Deborah Turness.
Corp currently oversees more than 300 people in the UK and abroad. Her tenure as editor coincided with ITV News’ agenda-leading coverage of Partygate and the storming of the US Capitol. She told Press Gazette in February: “People thought TV audiences were dying – no, they’re not.” Corp will take over her new role on 1 September 2022, with Turness continuing at ITN in the meantime.
Turness herself previously served as ITV News editor. She is leaving to be chief executive for BBC News – a departure which The Guardian noted “has been repeatedly delayed while her current employer – arch-rival ITN – continues to make her serve out her notice period”.
Stacker | Editor-in-chief
2/5/4/22: Stacker, a US data journalism wire service, has appointed a new editor-in-chief to oversee its fast-growing newsroom.
Micah Cohen joins Stacker from Five Thirty Eight, another data-led news outlet, where he was managing editor. Cohen previously worked at The New York Times.
In March, Stacker announced plans to hire 20 journalists – and double the size of its newsroom – by September.
PA Media | Business editor
29/4/22: Holly Williams has been appointed business editor at PA Media following the departure of Simon Neville for PR firm SEC Newgate UK.
Williams has been promoted from deputy city editor, a role she has held since 2010. She joined PA in 2007 as a city reporter after time at the Dorset Echo, Money Management magazine and Financial Adviser.
In turn, city reporter Henry Saker-Clark has been promoted to deputy business editor after three years at PA. He was formerly city editor at The Grocer and business correspondent at the Hull Daily Mail.
Press Recognition Panel | Chair
21/4/22: The Press Recognition Panel, the body empowered by Royal Charter to officially designate press regulators as Leveson-compliant, has announced its new chair will be social policy expert Gerard Lemos.
Lemos has previously served as chair of the board of the British Council, vice president of the British Board of Film Certification, a Civil Service commissioner and a non-executive director of the Crown Prosecution Service.
While at the BBFC, Lemos was among the team that decided not to award certification to horror sequel The Human Centipede 2 in June 2011. The film eventually won approval after making 32 cuts totalling over two and a half minutes – with Lemos abstaining from the rest of the board’s collective decision.
Lemos will be the second chair of the PRP, succeeding barrister David Wolfe. Wolfe oversaw the recognition of the first and to date only Leveson-compliant regulator, Impress, in the face of a two-year legal challenge by the News Media Association. He hands over to Lemos on 17 June 2022.
BBC Newsnight | Editor
19/4/22: The BBC has appointed as editor of Newsnight the programme’s current deputy editor, Stewart Maclean.
Maclean executive produced Newsnight’s notorious interview with Prince Andrew that prompted the prince to ultimately step away from royal duties. The BBC said Maclean oversaw negotiations between the Palace and Newsnight ahead of the encounter.
Maclean succeeds Esme Wren, who was announced as the new editor of Channel 4 News in November. He has served as interim editor of the programme since her departure following the new year.
The New York Times | Executive editor
19/4/22: The New York Times has announced that Joe Kahn will succeed Dean Baquet as executive editor. Kahn, 57, is currently managing editor of the paper. The Times reports Baquet, the Times’ first black leader, will finish his eight-year tenure in June.
Kahn has for some time been seen as the most likely successor to Baquet. As long ago as 2016, when Kahn had just been appointed managing editor, Politico described the former China correspondent as “a key lieutenant who is seen by many as an obvious successor”.
Twice awarded joint Pulitzer prizes for his reporting from China, Kahn was described by Axios’ Sara Fischer earlier this month as “a much more low-key and understated figure” than Baquet. He reportedly “speaks fluent Chinese”, “comes from wealth” and is “extremely well respected within the Times”.
Insider reported last year that it had spoken to nine well-placed Times sources who indicated Kahn remained the probable heir, with one telling the business news site: “Ultimately, The New York Times is The New York Times, and Joe Kahn is the ultimate Timesman.”
You can read Press Gazette’s 2016 interview with Kahn, conducted the month after his appointment as NYT managing editor, here.
BBC | Political editor
13/4/22: The BBC has announced Chris Mason will be its new political editor, taking over from Laura Kuenssberg next month. Mason has presented BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? since 2019 and served as a political correspondent for the broadcaster for ten years.
Read the full Press Gazette story here.
Sky News | Asia correspondent
11/4/22: Sky News has appointed business correspondent Helen-Ann Smith as its next Asia correspondent.
Tom Cheshire, the Beijing-based incumbent in the role, he has held for four years, will leave China later this year.
A Sky spokesperson said: “Helen-Ann has had a very successful spell reporting in the Business Unit, and the global economic knowledge she’s shown in that role will no doubt be put to good use in Asia.”
BBC | Senior controller of output and commissioning
6/4/22: Jamie Angus, currently BBC senior controller of output and commissioning and formerly BBC World Service Group director, has decided to leave the corporation after 23 years.
In his current role, Angus is responsible for the BBC’s daily news programming in English across TV and radio, including on BBC World News and World Service English. He also oversaw the creation of its commissioning unit as part of the BBC News modernisation programme and chaired the BBC-led Trusted News Initiative to combat fake news with other cross-industry partners.
He took on his current role in a restructure of the BBC News board last year. As World Service director in 2020/21 he had a salary of between £200,000 and £204,999, according to last year’s BBC annual report.
Jonathan Munro, interim director of BBC News, told staff in a memo on Wednesday: “When he finishes in a few weeks from now he’ll leave us with an enormous legacy, and he has my personal gratitude for his support to me over the last few years. I have relied heavily on his wisdom, experience and judgement.”
Angus, who joined the BBC in 1999 as a researcher on Radio 4’s Today programme, rose to edit Today, The World At One, Newshour, and Newsnight before leading the World Service and expanding its language services.
BBC | Director of creative diversity
5/4/22: Broadcaster June Sarpong is to step down from her role as director of creative diversity at the BBC. Sarpong was hired to the role in October 2019 with the remit to improve diversity among on-air talent and commissioning teams. Her departure date has not yet been confirmed, but Press Gazette understands she is likely to leave the BBC this year. The corporation is currently advertising for a new diversity and inclusion chief.
A BBC spokesperson told Press Gazette: “As the BBC’s director of creative diversity June Sarpong is continuing to deliver on her commitments to ensure audiences across the UK, from all backgrounds and communities, can feel that the BBC is for them.”
Sarpong had been on a two-year contract commencing in November 2019, and signed an ongoing contract in November 2021. News of the departure comes the same day Variety reported women of colour were leaving the BBC in disproportionate numbers, and a month after The Times revealed that de facto deputy head of diversity Miranda Wayland was leaving the broadcaster.
5 News | Presenter
4/4/22: Dan Walker is leaving BBC Breakfast in the next few weeks to join 5 News, stepping into the shoes of Sian Williams who left her role as the main anchor last week.
Walker, who has presented BBC Breakfast since 2016, said the deal included a range of other programmes for Channel 5 as well as 5 News.
He said: “I’m really excited but this has also been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast, I love working alongside Sally and I love the team there.
“But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often and I can’t wait… “And what an honour to step into the shoes of Sian Williams. I know how popular she is with both the team and also the audience, so all I can say is I will do my best to maintain her incredibly high standards.”
5 News editor Cait Fitzsimons said: “We pride ourselves on the deep connection we have with our viewers across the country, and this is a key strength of Dan’s, helping secure his place as one of Britain’s best and most popular broadcasters.
“I look forward to working with him to build on the success of our new hour-long programme and finding more ways to tell stories that touch viewers’ lives across the nation.”
Walker’s former BBC Breakfast co-presenter Louise Minchin left in September and was replaced by Sally Nugent.
Channel 4 | Chair
4/4/22: Ofcom has announced that businessman Sir Ian Cheshire will be the next chair of Channel 4 and will join the board with a three-year term on 11 April.
He was previously chief executive of home improvement company Kingfisher from 2008 to 2015 after holding the same role at its subsidiary, DIY chain B&Q, from 2005.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Sir Ian has an impressive record at the helm of some of Britain’s biggest businesses and I am confident his proven leadership will help Channel 4 go from strength to strength and ensure it thrives long into the future amid a time of rapid change for the sector.”
However The Observer reported that broadcast veterans including ex-Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow and ex-Channel 4 head of news Dorothy Byrne had raised concerns of cronyism over the appointment, which comes as the channel faces potential privatisation.
Snow said: “I can’t believe the government has time to think about the privatisation of Channel 4 now, but unfortunately that seems to be the drift. Sir Ian would have to have no interest in broadcasting to be in favour of privatisation. So let’s hope he does have an interest in it.”
Sky News | Africa correspondent
4/4/22: Sky News Africa correspondent John Sparks, who is currently based in Johannesburg, is returning to the UK after four years in the role.
He will be replaced by Sudanese-British journalist Yousra Elbagir this summer. Elbagir has previously worked as a foreign reporter for Channel 4 News and Vice, as well as a freelance journalist and long-form filmmaker.
Elbagir said: “There’s a lot of work to do and this wonderful opportunity has come at the right place, at the right time. I’m so excited to get started.”
Telegraph | Deputy editor
1/4/22: Telegraph deputy editor Jane Bruton has left the newspaper after seven years.
Bruton left her role as Grazia editor-in-chief to join The Telegraph as director of lifestyle and deputy editor to editor Chris Evans.
A Telegraph Media Group spokesperson said: “After seven years, Jane Bruton has left the Telegraph to pursue new challenges. We would like to thank her for her marvellous contribution in helping us reach 750,000 subscriptions, with the target of 1 million firmly in sight and wish her every success for the future.”
Channel 4 News | Main anchor and new line-up
As part of a presenter shake-up, C4N said that Cathy Newman will become investigations editor while continuing her presenter duties.
Europe editor Matt Frei will “take the lead on major international stories” as the programme’s “main foreign presenter”.
Jackie Long will also remain a “key part of the presenting team, alongside her role as social affairs editor”.
Channel 4 News said it would additionally be advertising for a new presenter to be based in Leeds. The Yorkshire city is to become “a home for digital and specialist output with around 15 roles based there”.
Channel 4 News editor Esme Wren said: “This line up is built around the strength and specialisms of the current presenting team, while the expanded presenting and production presence in Leeds means we can better reflect interests and concerns from all over the country.
“Krishnan is one of the pre-eminent communicators of his generation with an unparalleled combination of authority and accessibility.
“Cathy’s role reflects her status as one of the most tenacious story-getters working in TV news today.
“Matt is one of the most highly awarded TV journalists, acclaimed for his insightful and engaging approach to the global issues shaping our future.
“Jackie combines persistence with sensitivity to win the trust of those sharing some of the toughest stories.”
Bauer Media Group | President
31/3/22: Bauer Media Group president of publishing Rob Munro-Hall steps down today after four years in the role.
He said: “I have very much enjoyed my time at Bauer but the time has come to take on new challenges.”
Munro-Hall joined Bauer when it acquired Emap’s magazine and radio businesses in 2008. He became chief executive of the UK publishing business in 2016 before leading the global publishing business for four years.
Bauer said that during his tenure all the publishing businesses were brought together into one portfolio and it refocused on its core European territories of Germany, UK, Poland and France. It added that he leaves the business in a “strong position, with a clear strategy and key transformation and growth projects well underway”.
Bauer said it will fill the position once a suitable candidate has been found.
Tortoise | Podcaster
30/3/22: Comedian Mel Giedroyc will join Tortoise world affairs editor Giles Whittell to host a podcast car show to be titled Electric Dreams.
Described by Whittell as “a cross between Top Gear and Blue Planet”, the 12-episode podcast will see the pair review a different electric car each instalment.
Each episode, Whittell said, he will drive in a different car to pick up first an environmental expert (“a boffin”) and second Giedroyc. The trio will use the car’s recharge period as time to discuss the wider impact of the shift to electric cars on the economy and society before dropping Giedroyc home.
Press Gazette reported in January that Tortoise was investing a fresh £10 million of investment in audio journalism, events and membership revenue.
BBC | Sunday morning politics show
28/3/22: Laura Kuenssberg will take over the BBC Sunday morning TV politics slot in September after the recent departure of Andrew Marr, who hosted the slot for 16 years.
The BBC said the show would get a new look alongside its new presenter, including set, title, music and format.
Kuenssberg, who is stepping down as BBC News political editor after the May local elections, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted. For decades Sunday morning has been the moment to explore the events that shape us and to challenge and listen to our politicians. It’s an honour to take the chair for that conversation in the 2020s.”
Interim BBC director of news Jonathan Munro said Kuenssberg was perfect for the role as she is an “engaging presenter and a razor-sharp political interviewer”.
The programme’s interim presenter Sophie Raworth will continue in its current guise under the Sunday Morning name until Parliament breaks for its summer recess.
Tortoise | Podcaster
24/3/22: Andrew Neil, latterly of GB News and the BBC, will join “slow news” outlet Tortoise for a 12-part podcast series debuting this spring.
The podcast series, to be titled “The Backstory”, will see Neil interview “leading figures from politics, business, entertainment and academia to explore what is driving events at home and abroad”.
Neil said: “This new series is about giving people the time and space to explain their ideas, decisions and beliefs. Through conversations with people from all sorts of backgrounds we’ll hopefully come to a better understanding of what’s happening in the UK and around the world.”
LBC | Presenter
24/3/22: Drivetime host Eddie Mair will retire from LBC in August 2022, nearly four years after arriving at the radio station from the BBC.
Mair said: “My only regret about LBC is not joining sooner. I’m having a ball and all things being equal would probably carry on forever… But the one thing I don’t have on my side is time.
“Like many others, during Covid I had a rethink about life and in the summer of 2020 told my bosses and close friends and colleagues about my plans to leave. I’ve been at this for 40 years and I want to have a little time for me before I croak.”
Mair’s original time slot upon joining LBC was 4pm to 6pm but this was later expanded to a three-hour programme. The 6pm to 7pm hour was recently given to Andrew Marr when he joined from the BBC.
History Today | Editor
21/3/22: Former BBC journalist Gavin Stamp has been announced as the new editor of monthly history magazine History Today – the eighth in its 70-year history.
Stamp has worked for a decade as a politics reporter for BBC News covering four general elections, the EU referendum, the Brexit negotiations and the Iraq inquiry. He has previously worked at print titles including Media Week and Scotland on Sunday.
Stamp said: “It’s a huge honour to be joining the UK’s longest running and most prestigious history magazine. I look forward to growing our audience and building on History Today’s existing reputation.”
Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine | Editor
18/3/22: DMG Media has appointed Jackie Annesley editor of The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine. She will replace Jo Elvin, who took over editorship of the supplement in 2018.
The appointment marks a return for Annesley, who was previously at the Daily Mail for nine years, seven of which she spent as editor of Femail. She currently edits newsletter The Knowledge, and spent two years from 2014 as editor of The Sunday Times Style magazine.
Annesley takes over her new role on 11 April.
Media start-up | Executive editor
15/3/22: Reuters executive editor Gina Chua is joining the new, as-yet unnamed project being led by ex-Buzzfeed News editor Ben Smith and ex-Bloomberg chief executive Justin B Smith.
Chua, a former editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post and the Asia edition of the Wall Street Journal, has been named executive editor and will report to Ben Smith as editor-in-chief.
Reuters, where Chua oversaw editorial operations for the past year reporting to editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni, previously described her as one of the most senior transgender journalists in the US industry.
Chua told the New York Times: “I’ve been certainly thinking about the issues that they want to solve, this notion of an overburdened and undeserved audience and the importance of trying to find ways to get information to people, information they need, in a timely and not overwhelming manner.”
Also announced so far for the Smiths’ team are The Hill’s editor-at-large Steve Clemons, joining in the same role, and The Athletic’s former VP of product Caitlin Roman who is joining as head of product.
5 News | Anchor
10/3/22: 5 News anchor Dr Sian Williams has decided to step down from her daily presenting role after six years “to take up more wide-ranging opportunities”, including around her work as a trained psychologist and around mental health and trauma.
Williams, who passed her Doctor of Psychology last year, will continue to host the weekly Mind Matters with Dr Sian segment for 5 News, having launched it as part of the programme’s hour-long relaunch in November.
Williams, who will still work with Channel 5 and ITN on special projects and documentaries, said: “I’ve been a journalist for more than 35 years across the BBC and ITN. News will always be one of the driving passions of my life and the latest chapter at Channel 5 and 5 News has been one of the happiest. The past six years have been a wonderful experience and I feel very grateful to everyone who has made it so.
“Broadcasting and psychology are, in some ways, complimentary – in both jobs we’re helping people tell their stories and giving them a voice. I’m excited about continuing to combine these elements, in new and different ways, while also delivering psychological support where it’s most needed.”
Sky News | Politics team
10/3/22: Channel 4 News political correspondent Liz Bates is moving to Sky News in the same role after almost three years in the role. She was previously Westminster correspondent for the Yorkshire Post.
Other shuffles within the Sky News politics team include correspondent Ali Fortescue taking up a six-month attachment to the Westminster team “to build on her political reporting”, plus new arrivals from Times Red Box reporter Mhari Aurora as a politics and business correspondent for the early breakfast show, and BBC South East Today’s Amanda Akass.
Impress | Chair
9/3/22: Press regulator Impress has announced as its new chair Richard Ayre, a one-time BBC News deputy chief executive and later chair of the BBC Trust’s editorial standards committee. Ayre takes over from Walter Merricks, whose seven-year term as chair ends on 31 March.
ITV News | Tonight presenter
9/3/22: ITV has announced ITV News UK editor Paul Brand as presenter of its flagship current affairs programme Tonight.
Brand replaces Julie Etchingham, who stepped down from the role at the beginning of 2022 to focus on the News at Ten and ITV documentary projects.
Brand, who achieved some agenda-setting scoops during the Partygate saga, said: “To present a show previously fronted by two titans of broadcasting – Julie Etchingham and Sir Trevor McDonald – is a huge honour.”
ITV said Brand “will also be taking on other presenting opportunities at ITV, to be announced in due course”. He will also continue in the UK editor role.
Tortoise | Audio team hires
7/3/22: Tortoise has poached Newsnight’s assistant editor Jasper Corbett, a former editor of BBC Radio 4’s Briefing Room, Analysis and From Our Own Correspondent, to be an executive editor on its audio team.
It also hired ex-Radio 4 journalist Lewis Vickers from Times Radio, where he led the breakfast show as executive producer. He is joining Tortoise in the same role.
Tortoise recently revealed plans to invest in its audio journalism. Tortoise editor and partner Ceri Thomas said: “There is a growing appetite for our journalism to be delivered in audio.
“We have built a great team of journalists and producers who are creating some of the best narrative led journalism around. 2022 will be a really exciting year with new investigations and collaborations coming up. Adding Jasper and Lewis to the team will bring even more experience and skill to the table and we are delighted to have them with us.”
BBC | US special correspondent
4/3/22: Katty Kay, the former BBC News anchor and correspondent who left to join US digital media company Ozy in May 2021, has rejoined the BBC.
She left Ozy after just three months last year after the New York Times reported allegations that an Ozy executive had tried to mislead an investor.
She said the allegations, “which caught me by surprise, are serious and deeply troubling, and I had no choice but to end my relationship with the company”.
Kay has now joined BBC Studios as US special correspondent and will host TV documentaries from the US and Europe, present a podcast series, and write a weekly online column. She will also front occasional BBC News coverage of major events such as the US midterm elections. The BBC said her first documentary project will “focus on the fate of democracy in the United States”.
New York Times | The Daily host
3/3/22: New York Times national correspondent Sabrina Tavernise, who has recently been reporting from Ukraine, has been named second host of the title’s flagship podcast The Daily alongside Michael Barbaro. They will share duties, hosting different episodes per week.
Executive editor Dean Baquet, The Daily editor Lisa Chow, assistant managing editor Sam Dolnick and director of audio Paula Szuchman said in a note to staff: “Having a second host will make “The Daily” even stronger. It will allow both Michael and Sabrina to dig deeper into stories and share responsibility for The Times’s flagship show, which — as Michael himself has told us— has grown too big for one person.”
The NYT said The Daily has been downloaded more than three billion times since it launched five years ago.
Bauer Media Group | Head of group M&A
1/3/22: Peter Brimacombe has been named head of group M&A at Bauer Media Group, a role he has been covering on an interim basis since last year. He joined Bauer in 2017 and has already played a part in transforming it from “publishing house to multi-business company”, the company said.
Bauer’s chief operating officer Paul Keenan said Brimacombe would help ensure the company “continues to build a diverse and future-fit portfolio”.
Mail Online | Acting global editor
24/02/22: Mail Online has named UK editor Danny Groom as acting global editor from next week following the departure of publisher Martin Clarke.
Groom has spent 13 years in his current role, with three years seconded to New York to set up Mail Online’s operation there as its first US editor.
He has also worked as the head of news at The Independent and spent time at the Daily Mail and The Observer. (Read more: ‘Being an editor makes you a monster’ says Martin Clarke in Mail Online leaving speech)
ITV News | Presenter
24/02/22: Matt Teale has been named full time replacement for ITV News Meridian’s Fred Dinenage. Teale has presented ITV’s Midlands news service for the past ten years and previously fronted national news for the broadcaster. He will present alongside Sangeeta Bhabra, who has been ITV Meridian’s main presenter since 2009.
Northern Echo | Editor
23/02/22: Gavin Foster, editor of Newcastle-based ChronicleLive, has been announced as the new editor of the Northern Echo, taking over from Karl Holbrook who was recently appointed executive editor at the Daily Express.
Before taking charge of Reach-owned ChronicleLive just prior to the pandemic, Gavin held senior editorial
management roles with Johnston Press in Sunderland and Hartlepool.
Foster said: “The Northern Echo has a rich and proud history with a reputation for trusted, quality journalism. I look forward to helping lead the talented and experienced team at the great daily of the north to
grow audience and reach more people in the communities it serves.
“It’s been an honour to be editor of ChronicleLive and to help lead a brilliant team. I am hugely grateful to Reach, in particular Helen Dalby, for giving me the opportunity and for her continued support and encouragement throughout.”
Euronews | Digital leaders
23/2/22: Stuart Duncan, previously editor-in-chief at Microsoft News (UK, Ireland & Africa), has been named in the new role of chief digital growth officer at France-based TV brand Euronews. Euronews said he would be “responsible for the development and execution of the digital strategy aimed at the growth and profitability of Euronews’ global content on digital platforms…”
In addition Patrick Heery, formerly UK editor at BBC News where he oversaw the newsroom’s digital transition and led the international editions during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been named editor-in-chief of digital content.
Euronews said in a statement: “These new appointments come at a time of expansion and diversification in Euronews’ digital content productions, with audience engagement growing exponentially following the successful launch of specialised vertical platforms: Euronews Green, Euronews Travel, Euronews Next and Euronews Culture.”
The Atlantic | Contributing writer
23/2/22: Maria Ressa, the founder and chief executive of Rappler in the Philippines who jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, has been named as a contributing writer at The Atlantic.
The journalist, who has been under attack from her government and been arrested ten times over a two-year period, will write about democracy, press freedom, and the social web.
Editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, executive editor Adrienne LaFrance, and editorial director Denise Wills said in a note to staff: “We are exceedingly grateful for all that Maria has done for the cause of independent journalism, and we’re honored to be able to provide a home for some of her best writing.” (Read more)
The Critic | Literary editor
18/2/2022: Former History Today editor Paul Lay has been appointed as the first literary editor for The Critic.
Lay’s most recent publication was Paradise Lost, a book on the period of Oliver Cromwell’s protectorate, released in 2020. He will be joined by Francesca Peacock as deputy literary editor alongside her current role as deputy online editor.
Lay said: “I am delighted to have been appointed The Critic’s first literary editor. This is a golden age of magazine publishing, in which The Critic has quickly established itself as a stylish, erudite and provocative read.”
The Critic editor Christopher Montgomery added: “As we enter our third year, we hope to give readers what they deserve on the books pages. And Paul Lay, with Francesca Peacock, is exactly the dream team we could only have hoped for when we launched in 2019. While we are delighted with the strength of our sales, marketing and impact, we are nothing without honest and excellent criticism. Paul and Francesca will undoubtedly ensure our reviewers continue to deliver just that.”
BBC | US/Canada digital news team doubles in size
16/2/2022: The BBC is doubling the size of its digital news team in the US and Canada. The corporation is creating more than 20 new editorial roles in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, according to Digiday. The BBC said the additions reflect “the increased appetite for its content in the North American market.”
The drive was announced alongside the appointment of Jennie Baird as executive vice president and managing director for digital news and streaming at BBC Studios. Baird joins from News Corp, where she was senior vice president and global head of product.
Daily Mail | Entertainment columnist
11/2/2022: Showbiz scoop-getter Baz Bamigboye is stepping down from writing his Daily Mail entertainment column after almost 40 years, leaving in March after the Oscars.
He will join US entertainment site Deadline later in the year, as well as pursue other projects.
Bamigboye said: “It’s been a hugely enjoyable run at the Mail and I am so grateful to have enjoyed the support of a superbly talented and loyal journalistic team. They have given me the freedom to do what I love most – breaking the biggest stories from the world of entertainment and showbiz. It’s been an absolute privilege and I wish Ted and the paper every imaginable success.”
Mail editor Ted Verity said: “Baz is a true legend. An exceptional journalist with an unrivalled contacts book, he has broken some of the industry’s biggest stories over a staggering career. He has my heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding contribution he has made to the Daily Mail and I wish him all the very best for the future.”
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | CEO and editor-in-chief
11/2/2022: Rozina Breen has been named editor-in-chief and chief executive of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, succeeding Rachel Oldroyd.
Breen, who is currently heading up the north of England for the BBC and was previously head of news at BBC 5 Live, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Bureau, a formidable and fiercely ambitious team pioneering local to global investigations that have impact across the UK and around the world.” (Read more)
AP | News talent directors
11/2/2022: AP has appointed its veteran journalist Karen Mahabir as director of news talent for development, focusing on growth and mentorship opportunities for current staff including by resuming a future leaders programme.
Corinne Chin, currently a senior video journalist at The Seattle Times where she founded a diversity and inclusion task force, is joining AP as director of news talent for recruitment with the aim of bringing diverse journalists to the news agency. (Read more)
Sky Sports News | Chief reporter
11/2/2022: Kaveh Solhekol has been appointed as chief reporter at Sky Sports News. He is the third person to hold the position and succeeds Bryan Swanson, who became director of media relations at FIFA last year (read more).
Evening Standard | Head of digital strategy
8/2/2022: Samantha (Sami) Herbert is appointed to the new role of head of digital strategy. She was promoted from the role of associate audience editor and previously spent six years at the Telegraph.co.uk, most recently as deputy editor.
Number 10 | Head of communications
7/2/2022: Former News UK director of communications Guto Harri has joined Boris Johnson’s senior team in the same role. Former Telegraph editor Will Lewis has joined the PM’s “brains trust” in an informal role (read more).
PPA | Chair
7/2/2022: Nina Wright, CEO of Harmsworth Media (part of DMGT housing the i and New Scientist), has been named chair of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) following the two-year tenure of Immediate Media executive chairman Tom Bureau (read more).
New York Times – London/Seoul | 24/7 Live Team
4/2/2022: The New York Times has hired six new journalists in London and Seoul for its 24/7 Live Team to “seize even more big news moments, to experiment with going live in exciting new ways and to ensure that our live coverage is as dynamic and authoritative as the rest of our report”. (Read more)
The New Statesman | Political editor
3/2/2022: Former BBC presenter Andrew Marr has joined The New Statesman as political editor and commentator (read more).
CNN | President
2/2/2022: Jeff Zucker has resigned as CNN president after nine years after failing to disclose a relationship with a colleague (read more).
Financial Times | Northern England correspondent
2/2/2022: Jennifer Williams is joining the FT as northern England correspondent from the Manchester Evening News where she is politics and investigations editor.
Mail on Sunday | You magazine editor
28/1/2022: Jo Elvin is stepping down as editor of Mail on Sunday’s You magazine after four years in April. She said she has “reached a stage in my life where I think it’s time to seek out some new adventures”. Mail Newspapers editor Ted Verity said she has done a “phenomenal job” and a new editor is being sought.
ITV News | 27 journalists hired
24/1/2022: ITV News has announced it is going to double the length of its early evening news bulletin and hire some 27 new journalists (read more).