MEDIA: TheStreet lures UK news talent

Martin Baker has lured a dozen senior journalists to join him in building the team for the UK version of TheStreet.co.uk, including former colleague Nils Pratley, City editor at Sunday Business.

Martin Baker has lured a dozen senior journalists to join him in

building the team for the UK version of TheStreet.co.uk, including

former colleague Nils Pratley, City editor at Sunday Business.



Pratley will join editor-in-chief Baker on the fledgling financial news

web site as City editor. Ian Griffiths, currently news editor at the

Independent will join as news editor, and Hilary Clarke, former City

editor at the Independent on Sunday comes in as European editor.



Baker has also poached Guy Dresser from his role as City editor of the

Birmingham Post to take on the deputy city editor job.



Hugh Fraser, a senior producer for the BBC, where he oversees the radio

programme Global Business on the World Service, has been named as

editor-at-large.



Kambiz Foroohar, a former writer for Forbes magazine, and Suzanne Kapner

join from the US operation as business editor and deputy business editor

respectively.



Lorna Bourke, the personal finance columnist, who has worked at the

Times, the Independent and currently for the Sunday Telegraph, will act

as personal finance editorial consultant. Other hirings include

Annemarie Quill, from International Financial Review, as business

correspondent, Jeremy Edwards as special reports editor, and Liz

Vaughan-Adams and Adam Catherow, both from AFX, as industry

correspondent and copy editor.



’Getting a first rate team of journalists together is as easy as herding

cats,’ said Baker, adding: ’It’s been a huge amount of fun.’



Baker says the editorial team will be keen to hear from the PR

industry.



’Unlike the situation in the US, there is a more flexible Chinese wall

between journalism and PR and we are keen to develop that relationship,’

he explained.



Most of the journalists will take up their posts by mid-December, and

are aiming for launch early next year.



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