Evening Standard merges newsdesk with London Lite

The London Evening Standard and London Lite have merged their newsdesk operations – a move that has seen the departure of London Lite news editor Michael Leese.

The changes mean Standard news editor Hugh Dougherty will now oversee the news editing of the Evening Standard and London Lite alongside his deputy Steve Vaughan.

A spokesperson for the Evening Standard said: ‘Assistant editor (News) Ian Walker and Hugh Dougherty’s outstanding news team continue to be recognised as leading the field in breaking news and setting the agenda for London.

This is very much a natural development of the close working relationship between the Standard and Lite teams. We wish Michael Leese very best wishes for the future.”

The streamlining of the operations is thought to be intended to remove duplication.

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