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Editor makes capital move as predecessor leaves for national role

Andre LangloisA weekly editor is set to move from Devon to London to replace a regional news chief who has taken up a new job with a national title.

Archant has unveiled André Langlois as the new editor for its North London titles after it was announced incumbent Ramzy Alwakeel would be joining HuffPost UK as news editor next month.

André is currently Archant’s Devon editor and have day-to-day oversight of the Exmouth Journal, Sidmouth Herald, Midweek Herald and North Devon Gazette.

He will be responsible for the Islington Gazette, Hackney Gazette, Hampstead & Highgate Express and the Brent & Kilburn Times in his new post.

André was previously head of print at the Surrey Advertiser before taking up his current role in October last year.

He will be replaced in Devon by Andrew Coley, who has spent 25 years with Archant in roles including print editor, associate editor and content editor.

In an announcement about the move, an Archant spokesman said: “André has been at the forefront of some key developments including the implementation of a digital first content operation which has led to 50pc growth on the Exmouth Journal and Sidmouth Herald websites.”

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  • October 10, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    I believe Archant appoints editors primarily to oversee and facilitate the wholesale news migration from print to digital pretty much without question as that’s where all the focus is nowadays.

    Newspaper titles in meltdown appear to be of little worry or interest to those on the top floor ( or who work from offices far removed from the titles they purport to manage ) and who see web traffic numbers and ‘likes’ as more valuable than ever decreasing newspaper copy sales having seemingly given up on them despite the revenue from online operations still being pitiful.
    The fact the digital sales people cannot sell the inventory and capitalise on the apparently growing web traffic audiences doesn’t bode well for the future of the business.
    Knowing the patch, having an affinity with the area and its communities and having strong contacts with the key business people and community leaders are no longer prized assets for an editor these days, just the ability to go along with ill conceived decisions handed down from above without question or challenge.

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