Tuesday 12 December 2017

Young guns have write stuff

THE media world traditionally wouldn't have had a reputation for giving youth its head, but that is clearly changing.

The latest sign comes from the UK, where the 'London Independent' and 'I' newspapers have appointed new editors, both of whom are 29.

The Indy will be taken over by Amol Rajan who was previously comment editor at the paper, while Oliver Duff is promoted from news editor of the Indy to editor of the 'I'.

In the spirit of the left-leaning Indy, the two men are both state educated, while Mr Rajan become the first "non-white" to take the top job at a Fleet Street title.

Lisa Markwell, meanwhile, takes over at the 'Independent on Sunday', having previously been executive editor.

The Independent's former editor Chris Blackhurst is now group content director, overseeing editorial output and content creation across the newspapers, the website, and the planned London Live TV.

Russian businessman Evgeny Lebedev, who owns the three titles plus London's 'Evening Standard', said the appointments reflect a business that's at a "critical stage and a bold approach is needed for our industry".

The young appointees are a sign of changing times in all industries.

It also confirms the end of the caricature of the grizzled hack hunched over a laptop with a trilby and a cigarette at the side of his mouth, although as The Punt should know, that life died a long time ago.

Irish Independent

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