Tim Arthur has been appointed to the newly-created role of UK editor-in-chief at the Time Out media group.
Arthur was made UK content editor at the beginning of 2011 and in July took on the role of acting editor after the departure of Mark Frith.
He will now oversee all content across the group’s UK activities with a particular emphasis on digital expansion.
The company said his responsibilities would include ‘expanding digital presence covering online, mobile and tablet apps and social media, as well as Time Out London magazine and the Time Out guide book series”.
‘I’m incredibly pleased to have been offered this opportunity,’said Arthur. ‘I have always loved Time Out; it’s already been a huge part of my career. Time Out has exciting plans for cross-platform expansion in innovative digital ways, which will make us locally relevant over a much wider UK area to far more people than we have ever reached before.
‘On a global scale, I envisage a time where we reach over 50 million people a month. To be able to take on this newly created role, at a time when Time Out is on the verge of such a fantastic journey, is something I am very much looking forward to.”
Arthur’s first full-time role at Time Out came in 2007 when he was made comedy editor but he has worked for the title in a freelance capacity since 1991.
The most recent figures from Audit Bureau of Circulation for the first six months of 2011 show circulation of Time Out magazine was down 5.3 per cent year on year to 55,171.