New Statesman redesign extends to online offering

New Statesman is to relaunch its website as free-to-view with all content from the weekly magazine plus exclusive online content.

The new website was created by online editor Ben Davies, in conjunction with design consultants Wilson Fletcher, following the redesign of the magazine in June.

Davies said: "The new site is much more modern, up-to-date and appealing to use than the current clunky one. It's a totally new look, free-to-view and allows access to a much greater international audience.

"The magazine, has a predominantly British audience but its coverage is highly international. The website allows people across the world to become part of the community."

Davies, previously a political reporter on the BBC News website, added: "It will be the first time New Statesman has offered online-only content. We'll also carry all the magazine's content, plus users will be able to engage in debate and comment on any article.

"NewStatesman.com will be a place for anyone with an interest in current affairs, the arts and humour to go."

Contributors to the site will include ex-glamour model turned Lib Dem politician Marina Pepper, who will answer readers social, sexual and political dilemmas in an agony aunt column.

Two, as yet unnamed, comedians will run blogs on alternate weeks, and comedian Mark Thomas will write a column, Human Writes, inviting people to write to organisations to protest against human rights abuses.

Campus Radicals will be a section written for and by university and college students. Blogs by anti-four-wheel drive campaigner Sian Berry and NS political editor Martin Bright will continue. The new website is due to be unveiled on 16 November. The magazine will use the occasion to launch its Person of the Year Award.

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