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Six-person team appointed to run city website

MM-PICA former local TV news chief is to head up a six-strong team managing a new website launched in the heart of a rival patch.

Trinity Mirror set up standalone digital product Leeds Live last year in direct competition with Leeds News, the companion website for the Johnston Press-owned Yorkshire Evening Post.

Initially the project was led by Huddersfield Examiner editor Wayne Ankers and TM head of digital for Trinity Mirror Regionals, with a team of journalists seconded from other TM titles.

Now they have handed over the day-to-day management to a new permanent team headed by Matt Millington, a former head of news and current affairs with local TV station Made in Leeds.

Matt, pictured, has also previously worked as a reporter for news agency North News, covering national news in the North-East.

He will continue to report to Wayne as the editor overseeing the Leeds Live project.

The other members of the Leeds Live team are as follows:

* Joe Mewis – Leeds United editor. Whites fan Joe has returned to Yorkshire after a five-year stint on the Mirror football desk at Canary Wharf and has also written four books about football history.

* Nathan Hyde – Live news reporter. One of two dedicated news reporters on the Leeds Live team, Nathan has moved to the city after working as a reporter in Reading and Guildford.

* Kristian Johnson – Live news reporter. Another recruit from local TV station Made in Leeds where he worked for two years, Kristian studied journalism at the University of Sheffield where he achieved a first class honours degree.

* Craig Jones – What’s on writer.  Craig joins Leeds Live from the Hull Daily Mail where he worked as what’s on editor, having also worked as what’s on writer for the Bristol Post and as a senior news reporter for the Swindon Advertiser.

* Beren Cross – Digital sports writer. Another Sheffield journalism graduate, Beren joins the Leeds Live team from The Herald in Plymouth, where he followed the fortunes of League One’s Plymouth Argyle.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Interesting to see the staff roles. Two news and two sport (Leeds Utd). When journalists set the agenda there were many more in news than sport. Now in the era of clicks it’s football gossip that rules. Leeds Live is set up to pick the cream – football, big breaking stories, events (take an advert and we will promote). No staff will be sat covering meetings etc. No doubt a good business initiative in an underperforming JP heartland but community journalism is the loser in this new age.

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