MEDIA: Financial Times appoints UK affairs ed

Roger Blitz has been promoted to UK affairs editor at The Financial Times, in place of Kevin Brown, who was made personal finance editor two months ago (PRWeek, 11 October).

Blitz's job is to steer the paper's coverage of issues in UK regions, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 'What the FT is great at is spotting trends and things that point us towards that would make us sit up and take notice,' he said.

The paper would also welcome information on specific industrial sectors, he added.

Although Blitz will write on London and the south-east, he said there is a danger of papers - and PROs - being too London-focused.

'Clearly it is a great generator of GDP, but we want to write about the whole economy, about what business people in regional areas make of the way the Government is trying to push wealth creation, for example. I would love to see whether PROs address that.'

Blitz, who joined the FT in 2000, has been both weekend news editor and assistant UK news editor. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Highbury and Islington Express.

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