IPC has appointed Anthony Thornton to the new role of editor-in-chief, Ignite! Digital.
Thornton will take overall responsibility for the strategic planning and development of the Ignite! web portfolio, including Nuts.co.uk, Uncut.co.uk, Loaded.co.uk and NME.com.
He will manage and structure the online editorial teams, coordinating with the commercial side of the operation and reporting directly to IPC Ignite! director of digital development Kevin Heery.
Thornton edited dotmusic before editing NME.com between 1998 and 2003, during which time the site picked up a number of awards, including twice being named PPA website of the year.
He was named British Society of Magazine Editors online editor of the year.