Editor of NME.com David Moynihan has been named as the new editor of Hachette Filipacchi’s entertainment news site Digital Spy.
Founded in 1999 Digital Spy claims to be the UK’s largest entertainment news website with 7.5m unique users a month and employing 25 journalists. He replaces digital spy founder Neil Wilkes who is departing in March.
For more details here is the full press release:
Hachette Filipacchi has named award-winning David Moynihan as the new editor of Digital Spy.
Moynihan, who is currently editor of NME.com, will join the UK’s biggest entertainment news site in March, taking over from co-founder and longstanding editor Neil Wilkes. He will oversee Digital Spy’s talented team of 25 journalists, publishing more than 280 original stories and features a day.
Moynihan has been editor of NME.com at IPC since October 2007. He was previously editor of FHM.com, at a time when it was a market leader, and has more than 10 years’ experience in digital publishing, cutting-edge journalism and online media.
In the past few years Moynihan has repeatedly won top industry awards including BSME Website Editor of the Year in 2008 and 2010, PPA Interactive Consumer Magazine of the Year in 2009 and 2010, AOP Editorial Team of the Year in 2008 and AOP Consumer Website in 2010.
Moynihan was also shortlisted as the AOP Digital Editorial Individual of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Digital Spy has enjoyed a meteoric rise from its humble beginnings 11 years ago, and following Hachette Filipacchi’s acquisition of the site two years ago, the site has just hit a record-breaking 8m unique users and 120m page impressions a month.
Neil Wilkes, who co-founded Digital Spy in early 1999, announced in September that he would not be renewing his contract. He will, however, remain at Digital Spy until March to ensure a smooth transition period.
Anna Jones, digital and strategy director, Hachette Filipacchi, said: “We are thrilled that David Moynihan will be joining Digital Spy, he is a perfect fit for the brand and we look forward to benefiting from his extensive experience in the digital publishing and entertainment media arena. We have big plans for the site in the coming year both here and overseas and we are look forward to working with David to bring them to fruition.”
David Moynihan said: “I am very excited to be joining such a high-profile and successful site at an exciting time in its development and looking forward to putting my experience to work to build the Digital Spy brand.”