Richards takes IoS political role

The Independent on Sunday has beefed up its political team with two new recruits, including New Statesman political editor Stephen Richards.

The Independent on Sunday has beefed up its political team with two

new recruits, including New Statesman political editor Stephen

Richards.



Richards is quitting the New Statesman, where he has held the top

political role since 1996, to become chief political commentator at the

IoS.



He joins political editor Colin Brown, who has just moved over from the

same role on the daily paper. Brown has been replaced at the Independent

by Andrew Grice, who was already a member of the political team.



Richards will be writing a column for the IoS and will handle major

interviews.



Before joining the New Statesman, Richards was political correspondent

at the BBC, and he continues to work as a broadcaster. He occasionally

presents GMTV’s Sunday Review and the World this Weekend. After he moves

to the Independent on Sunday he will continue presenting The BBC’s

Despatch Box and Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster.



Richards will work alongside Alan Watkins, who provides political

comment, and political correspondent Jo Dillon. The paper’s editor,

Janet Street-Porter, said: ’With Alan Watkins and Jo Dillon continuing

in their existing roles, I think this gives us one of the strongest

political teams among the Sundays and makes us well placed to provide

coverage in the run-up to the election.’



Street-Porter has also recruited a culture editor to replace Simon

O’Hagan, who is now assistant editor on the paper. Marcus Field joins

from architectural and design monthly Blueprint, where he was

editor.



The IoS is looking for a replacement for Louise France, who is moving to

the Observer as deputy editor of its Life magazine. She launched the

Independent on Sunday’s Reality magazine earlier this year.



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