International Business Times UK Steps Up Investment in Quality Journalism With a Number of Hires

10 Feb, 2016, 06:01 ET from International Business Times

LONDON, February 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

International Business Times which reaches 55 million monthly readers globally, today announces a number of additions to its UK newsroom across sport, science, health, news and pictures.

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The raft of hires include Brendan Cole, who joins as Night Editor; Matt Atherton, Science and Health Reporter; as well as two news sports reporters - George Flood and Joshua Evans; three new reporters  - James Tennent, Paul Wright, and Harriet Sinclair; and Alex Wheeler, who joins as Picture Assistant. 

All will be based out of IBT Media's growing newsroom in London's Canary Wharf. 

"These are young, ambitious journalists who are well-versed in today's multi-channel and rapid-fire digital news landscape and I am delighted to welcome them all to our rapidly growing newsroom. We are constantly working to develop our talent further and are absolutely committed to nurturing their growth, through further exposure and training on the field," said Julian Kossoff, Managing Editor, International Business Times (UK).

Brendan Cole, IB Times UK's new Night Editor, is a multi-lingual journalist who has worked across radio, online and TV. He has an MA in politics and history from Birkbeck University in London and has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 News, ITN and Al Jazeera.

Matt Atherton, Science and Health Reporter, has an MA in Science Journalism with merit from London's City University and has had work published in the Daily Mail, The Independent, Sky News and The Times.

George Flood and Joshua Evans, who join as sports reporters, both have a BA in sports journalism. Flood has already been working for the European headquarters of IB Times and was shortlisted for an NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) award, whilst Evans was most recently online sports writer at The Mirror.

News reporters James Tennent, Paul Wright and Harriet Sinclair have degrees in Arabic, Middle East Studies and Politics respectively. Wright also has an MA in newspaper journalism from City University, while Tennent was shortlisted for the Guardian Student Media Award's Feature Writer of the Year in 2014 and Sinclair has had considerable success in her most recent role as reporter on the popular Essex Chronicle. 

Meanwhile, IB Times UK's new picture assistant, Alex Wheeler boasts a first class honours degree in photography from the London College of Communication and has worked for The Telegraph, The Independent and IMG Studios.

"The 70% growth in readership we have seen in the past year alone is down in no small part to the investment in quality editorial that we have already made," added Kossoff, who said that the newly redesigned ibtimes.co.uk website is providing the ultimate platform for the new talent. 

"It's energetic and driven journalists like these who lie behind our success in connecting millions of inquisitive minds over six continents," he added. 

The International Business Times became the ninth most popular UK-based news site in the UK, according to a SimilarWeb, the digital market intelligence company with IBT reaching 491 million page views last year based on combined mobile and desktop usage.

About International Business Times: 

International Business Times is a trusted source of real-time news, intelligence and analysis on the forces reshaping global and national economies. It reaches over 55 million people every month in seven global editions and four different languages. International Business Times is owned by IBT Media. For more information, visit: ibtimes.co.uk or corp.ibt.com

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SOURCE International Business Times