Editorial restructure unveiled at Archant London

Archant London has restructured its senior editorial team following the departure of managing director Enzo Testa and the merger of its newspaper and magazine divisions.

Geoff Martin has been appointed editor-in-chief for Archant London’s newspapers published out of its Swiss Cottage office and Malcolm Starbrook is the now editor-in-chief of newspapers published from its Ilford office.

Archant London’s editorial director Bob Crawley said the changes would ‘provide a smoother management structure for all titles published out of both offices and provide one point of operational senior management contact at each centre”.

He told staff: ‘While we will focus on developing all our newspaper titles in 2012, I have tasked Mark Sweetingham with the specific task of creating a strategic plan to develop our flagship newspaper the Romford Recorder – London’s biggest selling weekly newspaper.”

Chris Carter, editor of the Ilford Recorder, will continue to lead CMS editorial development as well as working on new projects such as the roll-out of its citizen journalism website iWitness24 for the whole of Archant London’s newspaper division.

Laura Adams, will continue to edit its bridal publications as well as editing the Barking and Dagenham Post, while Colin Grainger continues in his role as editor of the Newham Recorder.

Peter Le Riche has been appointed to the newly-created role of commercial features editor.

Le Riche, who previously worked as an editor with Archant South West before joining Richmond Council as head of communications, will be responsible for leading all commercial feature editorial activity across the newspaper division.

He joins on 12 March.

Testa left the company in January and was replaced by Bauer Media’s Will Hattam.

Last April the company carried out a restructure of its local newspaper divisions that resulted in two regional managing directors leaving the company: Stephan Phillips, managing director of Archant Norfolk, and Stuart McCreery, managing director of Archant Suffolk, Herts & Cambs.

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