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Editor roles to be axed in Archant London shake-up

Three editor roles are to be made redundant and replaced by two executive editor positions in a newsroom shake-up at Archant London.

The publisher has announced a restructure of its East London and Essex newsrooms which will see the current individual newsrooms combined into two teams.

The first will cover the Romford Recorder, Romford and Havering Post, Ilford Recorder and Kentish Times, while the second will cover the Newham Recorder, East London Advertiser and Barking and Dagenham Post.

Malcolm Starbrook, currently editor of the East London Advertiser and Newham Recorder, will oversee the operation as editor-in-chief, with each team headed up by an executive editor.

An Archant spokesman said no decisions had yet been made about who would occupy the two executive editor roles.

Current editors whose roles are set to disappear include Mark Sweetingham of the Romford Recorder, Chris Carter of the Ilford Recorder and Mike Adkins of the Barking and Dagenham Post.

According to a company announcement, the reorganisation will see news editors, reporters, editorial assistants and photographers working for multiple titles within their section.

The production and sports desks however are understood to be unaffected.

Net job losses across the news team of 35 will amount to one editor role and one editorial assistant role.

The move was announced in a memo by Laura Adams, who last month was appointed the role of editorial director of the Archant London division vacated by Bob Crawley last May.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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    I understand their glossy county magazines are also being looked at with a view to slimming manpower there too.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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    Hope they leave london24 alone (or add journos to it) – brilliant website

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  • May 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    They’re just shuffling things about. I’m sure whoever gets the jobs will feel nothing other than grateful that they’ve got a bit of grace before having to enter the real world

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  • May 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    Mark Sweetingham has gone. Such a shame. Good luck Mark

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