City A.M., London's most popular business newspaper, has today named David Hellier as its new editor. He will work alongside Marc Sidwell, who is appointed executive editor across all of the paper’s platforms.
Hellier, 54, has been at City A.M. for eight years. He has been deputy editor for the past six years, including one year as acting editor. He has a wide experience in business and city journalism, having previously been business news editor of The Independent and chief city correspondent of the Express group.
Sidwell, 38, is currently managing editor of the paper, and will become responsible for all City A.M’s content across its print and digital platforms. Sidwell joined City A.M. four years ago from International Policy Network, where he was in charge of the think tank’s press strategy.
Hellier said: “This is a wonderful opportunity at a paper which continues to grow its audience, both in print and online, and which is at the centre of business life in one of the world’s great cities. I’m looking forward to working alongside Marc, and leading one of the most highly-motivated teams in British journalism as we continue to improve all our products.”
Sidwell said: “I am very excited about the challenge ahead. This is a hugely ambitious company, not even 10 years old yet, and we have big plans for improving both the paper and our digital presence. This is a great time to be a business journalist, and we intend to capture all the excitement of what’s going on in London’s business life”.
Jens Torpe, CEO and founder of the paper, said: "We are thrilled to have such a talented duo at the top of the paper. They really understand the DNA of the title, they have complementary skills, and we feel they have the experience, energy and expertise to take the paper to even greater heights.”
These appointments come at a time when City A.M’s digital offering goes from strength to strength. Under the leadership of new head of digital, Martin Ashplant, the title’s number of unique users in September has shown an almost three-fold increase from the same period last year. The company continues to invest significantly in its digital arm.