Lads’ mag Loaded is standing by its under-fire editor Ian Edmondson and gearing up for the launch of a new TV channel.
The monthly title was bought by former lawyer and adult film producer Paul Baxendale-Walker in April and the following month former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson was named as editor. This week Edmondson was one of eight former News of the World staffers to be charged with conspiracy to hack voicemail messages.
Baxendale-Walker, who also uses the name Chaplin, claims to be making a multi-million pound investment in Loaded TV which aims to broadcast for three hours a day later this year via the Sky platform and over the internet.
He is refitting a 38,000 square feet studio in Hersham as the headquarters of Loaded TV which will feature a satirical game show, a ‘spectacular party show on Saturday nights”, and a range of programming featuring chat, comedy and quizzes, aimed at complementing both Loaded and sister publication, Superbike magazine.”
Baxendale-Walker said: ‘This represents a serious commitment to creating high quality content that’s both original and fun. Loaded TV will feature must-see shows that will set the agenda for the 18-30 age group.”
Edmondson continues to edit Loaded magazine and Baxendale-Walker said: ‘Mr Edmondson is doing an excellent job at Loaded and will continue to do so. He intends to vigorously defend the allegations against him.”