The editor-in-chief of Johnston Press says the purchase of national newspaper the i represents a “huge opportunity” for the company’s regional journalists.
Welcoming the new additions to the JP “fold”, Jeremy said it represented an opportunity for staff at the newspaper to “combine their expertise” with 900 existing JP journalists to provide readers with “effective and relevant content” at a national level.
Oly Duff will continue as editor of the i, while Andy Webster remains as his deputy.
The bulk of new staff in the 50-strong editorial team have moved to the i from The Independent, where around 100 of its 160 journalists have lost their jobs, but further appointments are set to be made next week.
The £24m purchase of the newspaper was approved by JP shareholders earlier this month, with chief executive Ashley Highfield also flagging up the possible sale of some of the groups’ regional titles.
Said Jeremy: “The i’s new editorial team is full of experience and creativity, and we’re delighted to be welcoming these journalists into the Johnston Press fold.
“We are confident they will continue to make the i the success it has been under the leadership of Oly.
“There is a huge opportunity in front of us to combine their expertise with that of the 900 journalists in Johnston Press and their knowledge across our portfolio to really provide our readers with effective and relevant content at a national level.”
Oly added: “This is an exciting new chapter for i, and I’m delighted to continue as editor. We have a brilliantly talented team here and are thrilled to have the chance to take i forward in digital and in print.”
The first edition of the i under JP ownership will appear on 11 April.