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London weekly editor’s role at risk in restructure

An editor’s role is under threat as part of a restructure by regional publisher Archant London.

HoldtheFrontPage understands that the post of editor of the Islington Gazette and Journals is to be made redundant and the paper placed under Geoff Martin, editor of sister title the Ham and High.

The current editor, Tim Cole, is thought to be in discussions over a possible alternative role with the company.

An Archant spokesman said:  “We are in consultation with an editor in North London.”  The company is refusing to confirm any further details.

Tim was editor of the Willesden and Brent Times for nine years until 2009 when that role too was axed and placed under Mr Martin.

He moved across London to become deputy to Malcolm Starbrook, the group editor of the East London Advertiser and Hackney Gazette, before moving to his current role in a further restructure last year.

The latter changes saw seven deputy editor roles made redundant after the company closed its Bethnal Green office and moved publication of a number of titles to Ilford.

Earlier this year four editorial jobs were at put at risk at the Islington Gazette and Hampstead and Highgate Express following a move to a centralised subbing production unit in Ilford.

Those affected included deputy editor of 28 years Keith Archer.

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  • November 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Will the last person to leave Archant London please turn out the light.

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