Former NoW film critic Robbie Collin joins Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph has hired former News of the World film critic Robbie Collin.

The move follows news the NoW’s former deputy editor Victoria Newton is joining The Sun as number three in the editorial management team with responsibility for the Saturday edition of the paper.

Commenting on the appointment of Collin, who was nominated for critic of the year at the 2011 British Press Awards, Telegraph Media Group’s arts editor-in-chief Sarah Crompton said: ‘I’m thrilled that Robbie Collin is going to be joining the Telegraph’s arts team as film critic.

‘He has already established himself as one of the smartest and most perceptive critics, and I am delighted that Telegraph readers will be able to enjoy his reviews.

‘This appointment is an indication of our continuing commitment to provide the best arts and culture coverage in paper and online.’

Newton is The Sun’s former Los Angeles correspondent and used to run the showbusiness column Bizarre. She is also a former showbusiness editor at the Daily Mail.

Other high-profile moves within the group include former News of the World investigations editor Mazher Mahmood, who has now joined the Sunday Times.

Last week News International, which also publishes The Times and The Sunday Times, announced it was cutting its 3,000-strong workforce by 110 positions

Chief executive Tom Mockridge also revealed that so far 89 former News of the World employees have taken up the offer of enhanced redundancy terms and that only 23 people had move to other jobs within the company.

After the paper’s closure former chief executive Rebekah Brooks promised that the ‘vast majority’of the 200-plus staff affected would be found alternative employment elsewhere within the group.

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