Trinity Mirror has announced the launch of a new website for Belfast with the creation of four new editorial roles.
The newspaper publisher’s Mirror Media Ireland division has launched www.belfastlive.co.uk as “a one-stop shop for all things Belfast.”
It will include live breaking news, local sport, entertainment, events, What’s On listings, local interest and traffic and travel.
The site will operate from a newly integrated newsroom at the Belfast offices of the Daily Mirror’s Northern Ireland edition, and will go head-to-head with the Belfast Telegraph website www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Four new editorial positions have been created as a result of the launch, namely digital publishing editor, mobile multimedia editor and two live news journalists, as well as a new digital marketing position.
Trinity Mirror says the site represents a new digital commercial opportunity for the company which says it has enjoyed “significant commercial success” since the launch of the Mirror’s Northern Ireland print 20 years ago.
Chris Sherrard, the newly-appointed digital publishing editor, said: “It is a very exciting time to be launching a new and unique site such as this. Our intention is that Belfast Live will be the most up to date resource for the people of the city and beyond.
“The team will focus on live breaking news, around the clock, as well as live blogging from the big events. We will have What’s On guides, reviews and features bringing absolutely everything that’s happening in the city together in one place.”
Joanne McGreevy, managing director, Mirror Media Ireland said: “We’re delighted to be in the position to extend our business in Northern Ireland and create new jobs as a result. It’s testament to Trinity Mirror’s commitment to publishing here as we continue to diversify the business in Ireland.
“Belfast Live is a uniquely positioned site, which we’re confident will enhance our commercial opportunities in NI and beyond, as well as providing a great online information hub for the people of Belfast.”