Left side advert image
Right side advert image
Super banner advert image
Subscribe to Print Monthly's RSS feed

Enter your email address here to sign up for our weekly newsletter

Business

First female editor in 140 years

Weekly newspaper, The Basingstoke Gazette, has appointed its first female editor in 140 years.

Article picture

Basingstoke Gazette has hired its first female editor in more than 140

Owned by regional newspaper publisher, Newsquest, The Basingstoke Gazette is a weekly local newspaper for Basingstoke, Hampshire.

The title was first launched in January 1878 and was initially known as The Hants and Berks Gazette.

After more than 140 years, the newspaper has officially appointed Katie French as its first female editor.

French, who will also edit the Andover Advertiser, began working for the national press as a freelancer after informally taking up the position of editor in November, has now officially accepted the role.

Having spent the last two years re-establishing The Basingstoke Gazette as a community newspaper we definitely needed someone of Katie’s experience to add that national daily news experience to the team

Commenting on French’s appointment, Bill Browne, publisher for Newsquest’s North Hampshire and South Wiltshire region tells Hold The Front Page: “If I were a football manager I would say that Katie is an excellent signing for Basingstoke.

“Having spent the last two years re-establishing The Basingstoke Gazette as a community newspaper we definitely needed someone of Katie’s experience to add that national daily news experience to the team. She has injected pace and know-how to a group of reporters who are keen to learn and grow.”

According to Hold The Front Page, French made herself known when she “provoked an industry-wide debate” after referring to a pre-election publication run by the Liberal Democrats as “offensive to local journalists”.


If you have an interesting story or a view on this news, then please e-mail news@printmonthly.co.uk

Follow Carys on:
 Jo Golding's Twitter Profile
Print printer-friendly version Printable version Send to a friend Contact us

No comments found!  

Sign in:

Email 

or create your very own Print Monthly account  to join in with the conversation.