News International has unveiled a new managing editor structure in a bid to integrate its daily and Sunday operations.
New managing editors have been put in place across all four titles – The Sun, the News of the World, The Times and The Sunday Times.
In a statement the company said they will support the title editors in the ‘implementation of editorial integration’and to help ‘redefine the way in which editorial budgets are allocated and spent”.
Under the new structure Richard Caseby has been appointed group managing editor (NGN) for the The Sun and the News of the World, while Anoushka Healy has been group managing editor (TNL) for The Times and The Sunday Times.
News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks said:’This new structure will enable each title to share best practice and to focus more resources on front line journalism and content creation.”
Brooks said the company will now take a ‘comprehensive look’at common ground across the titles and where they should ‘remain unique”.
‘Where there is common ground we will find ways of implementing efficiencies to editorial systems and processes and, where appropriate, we will find ways of introducing seven day working,’she added.
As part of the restructure, News of the World managing editor Bill Akass has been apppinted executive editor for the title, where he will be responsible for ‘executive development, regulatory compliance and general ombudsman duties”, which the company said signalled ‘the importance of these areas for the paper”. He will continue to report to editor Colin Myler.
Managing editor of The Sun Graham Dudman has has been appointed editorial development director, where he will have responsibility for developing ‘training, talent and skills’across all four titles. He will report to group HR director Derrick Crowley.
Brooks added: ‘I would like to congratulate both Graham and Bill on their opportunities and thank them for the significant work they have both done in their roles as managing editor.”