Top job for Watson in senior shake-up at PA

Clockwise from top left: Watson takes new post of editorial director; Campbell becomes md of PA Entertainment; Buckley becomes md of PA Sport; and Campbell is new head of PA Information for Business

Former Yorkshire Post editor Tony Watson has been appointed to the newly created post of editorial director of the Press Association following a major management restructure.

Watson has been with PA since January last year in the role of head of business development. He will be responsible for the commercial and strategic development of the company’s editorial services including customer liaison, planning, developing video news content and chairing the operational agency board.

Editor Jonathan Grun will remain in charge of wire services, editorial standards and integrity. Both Watson and Grun will report to PA chief executive and editor-in-chief Paul Potts.

Other staff changes see top management appointments in sport, entertainment and information for business – all areas PA has identified as having growth potential within its Enterprises division, headed by group managing director Steven Brown.

Chris Buckley becomes managing director, PA Sport, in addition to his existing role of group commercial director.

Jennie Campbell has been appointed to the newly created post of managing director, PA Entertainment, to bring together the TV and event listings, features and celebrity photos operations into one business. She joined PA in 1996 when it acquired Listings Limited, where she was operations director.

Ian Campbell has been made head of PA Information for Business and will manage the newly created division. He joined PA in January 2004 when the company acquired Lovelacemedia Limited, where he was a director. Before that he was deputy managing director of Northcliffe Electronic Publishing.

Potts said: “This restructuring of management is key to realising the growth we believe possible while remaining committed to our core editorial mission and agency services.

“Sport, entertainment and information for business are areas where the Press Association’s ‘fast, fair and accurate’ brand can work harder and the managing directors will have substantial autonomy in the way they run their businesses in order to achieve this.”

By Jon Slattery

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