Ian Hargreaves, the former editor of the Independent, is to take up the
reins of the ailing left-wing weekly the New Statesman & Society in
April and oversee its relaunch.
Although the title will retain its political slant, its editorial
content will be widened in the revamp to include extensive non-political
The changes are aimed at halting the magazine’s declining sales, which
now stand at around 25,000.
Hargreaves replaces Steve Platt who has edited the magazine since 1990.
Details of the changes are still being discussed by Hargreaves and the
magazine’s new owner, MP Geoffrey Robinson, who bought the title earlier
However, Hargreaves has already made his first appointment, signing up a
former editor of the New Statesmen, John Lloyd, who, until recently, was
Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times.
The magazine took on its current form in 1988 when the New Statesmen and
New Society merged Hargreaves quit as editor of the Independent in
November last year, a job he took up 16 months earlier after leaving his
post as deputy editor of the Financial Times.
Before joining the FT in 1990, Hargreaves was director of BBC News and
Current Affairs. He is currently working on a documentary for the BBC
and also writes a weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph.