MoneySavingExpert.com has appointed Jason Mills, current head of digital at ITV News and former editor of News at Ten, to be its new Editor-in-Chief, leading the 32-strong editorial and campaigning team. Jason will take up the role on Monday 4 July.
Jason will work alongside the site's Managing Director Andy Hancock, and report directly to MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis. Martin continues at the site in his new role as Executive Chairman, overseeing the site's strategy, development, ethics, editorial content and campaigning (technically Martin became Executive Chair last September, but has been acting Editor-in-Chief during the recruitment).
Jason is a digital and TV journalist with more than 20 years' experience spanning ITN, BBC and Sky News, and most recently was responsible for relaunching the award-winning website, itv.com/news. Since its launch in 2012, ITV News's livestream site has grown to have more than 36 million monthly page views.
In his role as Editor-in-Chief, Jason will be in charge of all content and editorial at MoneySavingExpert and will support Martin and Andy in its future digital strategy, helping to develop the site so even more people can use its easily-accessible, award-winning content.
At the core of MoneySavingExpert's ethos is campaigning – so alongside Jason's appointment, in the newly created role of Campaigns Editor, will be Kirsty Good, currently Sky News business editor and formerly at BBC Salford in a similar role. Kirsty will be working alongside MSE's Managing Editor Guy Anker – who has been at the heart of MoneySavingExpert for the past eight years – plus the senior editorial team.
Jason Mills, newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, says: "MoneySavingExpert.com is the proven leader in its field and the opportunity to continue to build on the outstanding success achieved so far is a great challenge.
"The site has been one of the biggest causes of social change in the last decade, empowering millions.
"I'm very excited to be working with Martin and the team to continue to fight the consumer's corner, providing top quality content to as many people as possible all with the ultimate goal of saving people money."
Martin Lewis, founder and Executive Chairman of MoneySavingExpert, says: "When the site joined the MoneySupermarket group, the deal was I'd stay for three years. That ended last September, but I'm still here, still a zealot about saving people money, and still have fire in my belly about this site which has become such a daily part of people's lives.
"I will continue to generate ideas, campaign for financial justice, appear on TV, and be an overall pain in the bum for the team – ensuring they maintain leading journalistic and ethical standards and fight the consumer's corner.
"However I have other projects, such as my new Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, I want to spend time on too. So this is an exciting moment for me and MoneySavingExpert, as others take hold of its steering wheel.
"Jason's full-time focus on the site, without my media distractions, will be a big boost. He has impressive experience in digital journalism, and will bring energy, experience and new techniques to help get the MoneySaving message out to more people, and in an easier-to-consume way. And Kirsty, our new campaigning weapon, will bolster our already ridiculously-talented senior editorial team."
Kirsty Good, newly appointed Campaigns Editor, says: "It's a huge privilege for me to be joining the MoneySavingExpert team, who have already done so much to establish a fearsome reputation for championing and educating consumers.
"I can't wait to bring a decade of experience reporting on the biggest financial stories together with a genuine passion shared with the rest of the team for improving people's financial health.
"Our campaigns will continue to be big, bold – and uniquely engaging. We will tackle head-on the issues we know others shy away from but that matter to our growing audience. Watch this space."