Rock Sound names new editor

Ben Patashnik has been appointed as the new editor of Rock Sound magazine.

He takes over from Darren Taylor, who announced that he was standing down after 12 years as editor last month.

Patashnik joined Rock Sound as features editor from NME in January 2010 and was later promoted to deputy editor.

'I'm hugely pleased to be taking on this role as Rock Sound is the most forward-thinking and exciting music magazine and website in the UK,'he said in a statement.

'I'm looking forward to growing our audience even further and expanding the brand in interesting new directions, making the annual tours bigger than ever and coming up with eye-catching initiatives to keep Rock Sound on the cutting edge of the best new music."

Taylor is relocating to the United States in June but will continue to handle the Exposure section for the magazine.

Rock Sound publisher Patrick Napier said: 'Ben's contribution has been hugely impressive since he joined and I feel he richly deserves this promotion.

'I'm also very happy that Darren will continue to look after the Exposure section so we will still benefit from his knack of spotting new talent which has been such a big part of Rock Sound's success over the years.

Rock Sound was launched in 1999 by French publisher Editions Freeway and was bought out by Napier in 2004.

Its latest ABC figures show a year-on-year drop in average monthly circulation of 8 per cent to 15,005.

Patashnik takes up the editor role on 13 June.

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