Media: A minute with ... Roger Alton, Editor, The Independent

Alton: Independent editor
Alton: Independent editor

Can you give us a hint of what is to come when you start as editor?

Right now there is a new management team, commercially and editorially, and that will inevitably lead to a refocusing of the paper.

Are you open to PR pitches?

I am a great fan of PR and know many PROs very well. But maybe it is silly for someone I have never met to ring me up as if we've just got out of bed together, saying, 'Hi Roger, it's Cindy here ...' On the other hand, if it's 'Hi Roger, it's Cindy here, we wonder if you'd like to go hot air ballooning in the Maldives with Angelina Jolie?', that doesn't sound too bad.

Why do you think The Indy's website isn't as popular as some of its rival papers' online versions?

The main carrier of the brand is the newspaper titles, and that will continue. However, there are exciting prospects on the web that can develop the paper's strengths in top-level reporting of the arts, environment and sport.

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