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Editors-in-chief appointed to head London weeklies

Regional publisher Archant has appointed two editors-in-chief to oversee all its weekly titles in London.

Geoff Martin, editor of the Hampstead and Highgate Express, is now additionally editor-in-chief for all weekly titles published out of the company’s offices in Swiss Cottage.

As well as the Ham and High, these include the Willesden and Brent Times, Islington Gazette and Hornsey and Crouch End Journal.

A previous restructure last November saw the post of editor of the Islington Gazette and Journals made redundant and brought under Geoff, resulting in the departure of Tim Cole.

Meanwhile Malcolm Starbrook, editor of the East London Advertiser, also becomes editor-in-chief of all titles published out of Ilford, including the Ilford Recorder, Romford Recorder and Newham Recorder.

However the three Recorder titles in East London are each retaining their individual editors, with Romford Recorder editor Mark Sweetingham given the task of developing a ‘strategic plan’ for his title.

Archant London’s editorial director Bob Crawley said the changes would “provide a smoother management structure for all titles published out of both offices and provide one point of operational senior management contact at each centre.”

He told staff: “While we will focus on developing all our newspaper titles in 2012, I have tasked Mark Sweetingham with the specific task of creating a strategic plan to develop our flagship newspaper the Romford Recorder – London’s biggest selling weekly newspaper.”

In a further development, Peter Le Riche has been appointed to the newly-created role of commercial features editor and joins the company on 12 March.

Peter, who previously worked as an editor with Archant South West before joining Richmond Council as head of communications, will be responsible for leading all commercial feature editorial activity across the newspaper division.


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  • March 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Ouch ! I can hear the unmistakeable sound of toes being stepped on…

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  • March 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This pattern sounds worryingly familiar – a prelude to the axe!

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