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Editor steps up to become chief executive at daily’s publisher

An editor has been promoted to chief executive at his newspaper’s publisher.

All Island Media has announced the appointment of Bailiwick Express editor James Filleul to the CEO role following its takeover of the Jersey Evening Post from the Claverley Group last year.

Express deputy editor Fiona Potigny will now step up to take his previous role.

James, 48, had run the Jersey-based Express as an online-only publication since 2014.

James Filleul and Fiona Potigny

James Filleul and Fiona Potigny

He said: “When we merged the oldest and newest in mainstream local media last year, we knew we needed to build on the strengths of each one to create the best possible service for our customers and readers.

“My role is to work with our team to help them deliver that, and make sure we can get better and better at delivering great content across multiple platforms, and providing exceptional reach for our advertisers.

“The Jersey Evening Post is a thriving and trusted brand which has been at the heart our community for 133 years, while Bailiwick Express has earned a reputation for punchy, insightful journalism, delivered across multiple digital, radio and podcasting platforms.

“I look forward to working closely with our team to deliver their long-term success.”

Fiona, 28, began her career with the Express as a full-time reporter in 2017 and was promoted to news editor the following year.

She was made deputy editor in 2022 and has also edited its sister title Connect Magazine since last year.

Fiona said: “I am immensely proud to take on the editorship of Bailiwick Express.

“Above all, I am honoured to be able to lead an outstanding team delivering stories that provoke, inspire – or sometimes simply raise a smile amid the doom and gloom,” she commented.

“As Express looks towards its 10th anniversary next year, I look forward to broadening our offering across all our platforms, all the while continuing to build our audiences with the rigorous, challenging and engaging journalism with ‘bite’ that Express has become so well known for.”

Frank Walker, chair of All Island Media, added: “James has a long track record in the local media business, across Jersey and Guernsey, and I wish him all the best in the new role, as he leads our combined business into the next phase of its growth.