Internet service provider AOL UK has made a raft of editorial
appointments to its 21 relaunched news, business and entertainment
Steve Lodge, who reported for the Daily Express business desk until last
year, will start as editor of AOL UK's Your Money channel next week. He
reports to Alan Griffin, head of Your Money, broadband and wireless
content, who was instrumental in the relaunch.
Group editorial director Anne Alexander said: 'Steve is passionate about
explaining finance to a mass audience. We have repositioned the channel
to broaden its appeal and will be looking at more stories on mortgages
and insurance.' The ISP has 1.5 million subscribers.
Meanwhile Tony Cross has been made deputy editor, AOL UK entertainment
group. He will be in overall charge of Entertainment, Teens, Games and
AOL Live. His previous jobs have included being publisher of The Face,
editor of more! and features editor of Smash Hits. He reports to Kate
Hall, head of the AOL entertainment group.
Hannah Verdier, former Smash Hits deputy editor, starts as editor of the
Teens channel next week. 'The Teens channel has not been as robust as it
could be with a full-time editor,' Alexander admitted.
A Parenting channel will be launched in the next few weeks. It is likely
to be edited by Paul Sansome, who is also Health editor. It is being
launched by executive editor Lorie Parch, who was part of the launch
team for US site Parents.com.
Announcements of a new deputy editor of the news group and Technology
channel editor are expected in the next two months. Alexander said a
head of content is also close to being appointed. The last person to
hold this post, Andy Bull, resigned suddenly in October 2001.
Mark Drasutis has been made editorial operations manager of AOL UK,
overseeing the organisation's 80 journalists.
Alexander said PROs would be welcome to bounce content proposals off all
members of the new team. 'We are very open to suggestions and ideas,'