The Times appoints Observer's Louise France

The Times has appointed Louise France as editor of its Saturday supplement, The Magazine.

France joins News International from The Observer, where she was deputy editor of Observer Woman and Observer Food Monthly magazines.

Prior to this France held the post of editor of The Observer Review as well as having previously been editor of Real Life for the Independent on Sunday and a reporter for both the Independent and Daily Mail.

James Harding, editor of The Times, said: “Louise is a dynamic journalist who brings a wide range of experience to this role, whether from glossy magazines or newspaper supplements.

“She is an original thinker with wide cultural references who can build great relationships with top writers. We are delighted she is joining the paper.”

Her appointment comes after Guardian News and Media announced last month that three of The Observer’s rotating monthly magazine supplements would be dropped as part of a wholesale revamp.

Observer Sport, Woman and Music Monthly will disappear in the New Year but Observer Food Monthly will be retained.

Cuts to the paper will also see it lose business and cash supplements, which will instead be included in the main news section.

The Escape supplement will also be dropped and instead included in a new travel section of Observer magazine.

Also last month, GNM briefed employees that it planned to cut more than 100 extra staff as part of further cost saving measures aimed at reducing its “unsustainable” losses of more than £100,000 per day.

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