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Digital director to leave regional publisher for magazine role

Paul Hood

A digital director at a regional publisher is set to move to a newly created role at a magazine publishing company.

Paul Hood, left, will leave his role as digital director of Archant London to join Dennis Publishing as head of digital for its technology division.

He has worked for Archant for the last three-and-a-half years, after previously working for Trinity Mirror in a digital role.

Paul is set to begin his new job at the end of June.  It is understood that Archant will be announcing a replacement shortly.

He tweeted: “I’m very grateful to Archant for a great three and a half years with some great opportunities. Excited now about joining the team at Dennis.”

In his new role, Paul will be responsible for the strategic direction, profitability and growth of the technology division, which publishes 13 websites.

He will also sit on the publisher’s digital board, which has been newly formed.

In his current position, Paul has been responsible for the London24 website, which is used by Archant titles in the capital.

Craig Nayman, Archant chief commercial officer, said: “Under Paul’s leadership has consistently increased audience scale; reaching an all-time record of more than 1.6 million monthly unique visitors in March this year, making it the biggest single-brand digital audience within Archant’s portfolio.

“Our focus will now be to push ahead with the commercialisation of the site and continue to provide engaging relevant content to our growing user base.”

He added the company was now in the process of recruiting a new business development director for London24.


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  • May 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Dennis Publishing is a well-resourced, flexible and sympathetic employer, so well done Paul. None of this should be taken to mean he’ll notice a big difference. Of course not. Oh no, sir.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Be interesting to know why Paul is leaving if the sites are such a success and its Nice to see Archant using someone’s defection to puff up their own sites with not a word of gratitude to Paul himself, sadly says it all about the value, or lack of it that archant put on their staff

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  • May 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Craig Nayman: “Our focus will now be to push ahead with the commercialisation of the site.”

    In other words, after years of effort we’re still only making pennies out of all this digi stuff.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Ah yes. “Commercialisation of the site”
    That old chestnut again. Lots of hits..lots of readers… show us the money!

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  • May 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Any idea when Archant’s results from last year are out? Normally around March for an April AGM but there appears to be no sign.

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