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New director appointed for regional publisher’s London website

Ella Kerr-McCutcheon

A regional publisher has appointed a new business development director for its London website.

Archant has announced the appointment of Ella Kerr-McCutcheon, left, to the role at its London24 website, where she will aim to expand its commercial reach.

Ella joins Archant from Caspian Media and has previously worked at Above and Beyond Group and Freshly Made Content.

Chief commercial officer Craig Nayman said: “Ella is a key appointment for Archant and London24. In just three years, London24 has grown from a concept into one of the most popular news brands for Londoners.

“This is down to a clear plan that has been brilliantly executed by a dedicated team, working closely with the local newspaper news desks in line with our ‘One Archant’ strategy.”

Archant claims that London24 now reaches more than 1m 18-35-year-olds in the capital.

Sports magazine and website was among the winners at last week’s Online Media Awards.

Chief columnist David Owen was named Best Freelance Writer, while received a Commendation in the Best Commercial Innovation category.

David’s exclusives have included news that the International Olympic Committee’s sponsorship programme had broken the $1bn and that the drug testing laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, due to be used for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, had failed a “blind test”, throwing its future into jeopardy.

The publication is current advertising for a Desk Editor here.

Herald obitA Scottish daily has launched a new online tool to enable readers to submit obituaries via its website.

The Herald, Glasgow, is inviting readers to supply peoples’ life stories, including where they were born and brought up, where they were educated and details of their career, via an online form.

Editor Magnus Llewellin told HTFP: “The Herald has a long tradition of publishing obituaries of people in the public eye and, like many news titles, we know our births, marriages and deaths pages are among the most popular we produce.

“Some of our obituaries are already submitted by members of the public and a few weeks ago we decided to try and build on this by inviting our readers to submit articles of people they were related to or knew who may not have been major public figures but whose lives were of interest.”

Magnus added: “Our existing obituaries coverage remains and we continue to welcome information and suggestions.

“We are highlighting this new service in print and online and so far the reaction has been promising.”

Clean up KentA campaign to clean up the county known as “The Garden of England” has been launched by a regional newspaper publisher.

The Kent-based KM Group launched the drive after a suggestion by one of its journalists, sports reporter Andrew Gidley, who was shocked by the state of the county as he travelled to cover football matches.

The Clean Up Kent campaign, which has been welcomed by the Highways Agency and backed by Kent County Council, is being co-ordinated by Leo Whitlock, editor of the Canterbury-based Kentish Gazette.

He said: “The amount of litter defacing the county’s roads is an absolute disgrace and it needs to stop. Kent is the gateway to the continent and it’s appalling that this is the first impression we’re giving visitors to this country.”

One of Matthew Usher's photopgrahs

One of Matthew Usher’s photographs currently on display at the exhibitin

Two photographers who worked at the same twice-weekly newspaper have come together to display their work at a exhibition.

Matthew Usher and Paul Tibbs, who both used to work at the Lynn News, in Norfolk, have collated their images of the west of the county in an exhibition at the town’s Custom House which will run until September.

Matthew spent seven years with the News and now works for the Eastern Daily Press, while Paul turned freelance last year after a decade on the King’s Lynn-based title.

Their work is on display from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.


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  • June 25, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I think Ella Kerr-McCutcheon’s first job for a London wide website might be to encourage coverage from all of London, not just the few east London boroughs where Archant newspapers report on. I’ve not seen anything west of Waterloo for a long time on their site.

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  • June 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    It doesn’t sound as if she is being taken on in a journalistic role. Business Development Director? This is a commercial advertising job, surely.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Cue Sound of tolling bell and rustle as a tumbleweed blows on by

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