Trinity Mirror has named the two journalists who will lead its ‘digital-only’ initiative in Reading following its decision to axe its printed newspaper title there.
The publisher announced last month that the Reading Post was to close along with its sister title GetReading.
Instead all resources will be focused on developing the papers’ online brand, www.getreading.co.uk.
Now Trinity has handed the task of leading the project to its digital development editor Ed Walker, who is appointed as publisher of the site.
Ed, above left, has been with Trinity Mirror since January 2010 when he joined as online communities editor at Wales Online, leading the launch of the community news site yourCardiff.
He moved to a group-wide role in 2011 and has latterly been involved in the rollout of the ‘Newsroom 3.1′ initiative designed to support digital-first publishing.
Said Ed: “I am honoured to take up the role of Publisher with getreading and look forward to working with the team in Berkshire.”
“We are going to be pioneering a new way for local news in the UK and we will be recruiting for a number of roles in the coming weeks.”
Said Lucy: “I am delighted to take up the role as deputy publisher and am looking forward to giving the people of Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and surrounding areas quality and engaging news, sport and entertainment online.”
Simon Edgley, managing director of Trinity Mirror Southern said: “Ed and Lucy will represent a formidable senior leadership team for this exciting and transformational project and I very much look forward to working alongside them to build further on the extraordinary audience growth we are achieving across the Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell markets.”
Neil Benson, editorial director for Trinity Mirror Regionals, added: “I think we’ve got a really strong and highly skilled team. This is a bold move and potentially creates a new and different future for regional publishing.”