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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY 5 MAY 2016
Jason Mills appointed MoneySavingExpert.com’s Editor-in-Chief
Martin Lewis to remain at heart of site in new role as Executive Chairman
The UK’s biggest consumer help site MoneySavingExpert.com, which has over 14 million unique monthly users, 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 4th July.
Jason will work alongside the site’s Managing Director Andy Hancock, and report directly to MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis, who continues at the site in his new role as Executive Chairman, overseeing the site’s strategy, development, ethics, editorial content and campaigning.
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 more than 36m monthly page views.
In his role as Editor-in-Chief, Jason will be in charge of all content and editorial at MoneySavingExpert.com and will support Martin & 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 as 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.com for the past 8 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.com, 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 & 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."
Notes to Editors:
1. Martin Lewis technically moved to the role of Executive Chairman last September, but has also been full time acting Editor-in-Chief during the recruitment process. Martin’s old role has been split between Andy Hancock the Managing Director who is in charge of all non-editorial sides of the website, and the new Editor-in-Chief role. For more details of the structure and how it’ll operate see http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/site/2015/07/martin-lewis-to-remain-at-moneysavingexpertcom-in-new-role-as-chairman
2. MoneySavingExpert.com: MoneySavingExpert.com is dedicated to cutting consumers’ bills and fighting their corner. The free-to-use consumer finance help resource aims to show people how to save money on anything and everything, and campaigns for financial justice. Set up in 2003 for just £100, its free-to-use, ethical stance quickly made it the UK's biggest independent money website, according to internet ranking site Alexa.com, and the number one 'Business and Finance - Business Information' site, according to Hitwise. It has more than 11 million people opted-in to receive the weekly Martin's Money Tips email, and more than 14 million unique monthly site users who visit more than 23 million times a month. In September 2012, it joined the MoneySupermarket.com Group PLC.
3. Martin Lewis: Martin Lewis OBE, Money Saving Expert, is the journalist and consumer campaigner who created MoneySavingExpert.com, the UK’s biggest money website. He's the UK's most internet-searched man, Citizens Advice Consumer Champion and has spearheaded major financial justice campaigns including bank charges reclaiming (over 6 million template letters downloaded) and PPI reclaiming (over 5 million) and a successful large-scale campaign to get financial education in schools. He has his own prime-time ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, as well as regular slots as resident expert on Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Radio 5 Live, among others. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014.
4. Andy Hancock: Andy Hancock joined the Group as Chief Operating Officer, MoneySavingExpert.com in March 2014 and was promoted to Managing Director in July 2015. Andy was previously eCommerce Director at dmg media working on MailOnline.com, Metro.co.uk and other titles supporting Mail Newspapers with the development of its digital propositions.
5. Jason Mills: Jason Mills has been web editor and then Head of Digital at ITV News since 2011, responsible for the national and regional websites and the overall digital strategy at ITV News, encompassing web, social and mobile. Since relaunching the award-winning site itv.com/news in 2012 he has quickly established it as one of the fastest breaking news sites in the UK. He was the driving force behind a revolution in the way the newsroom worked, making ITV News a truly multi-platform newsroom. Jason is a TV and Digital Journalist with more than 20 years’ experience spanning ITN, BBC and Sky. He began his career at the BBC as a reporter/producer, and helped launch the BBC News channel in 1997.
6. Guy Anker: Guy Anker is MoneySavingExpert’s Managing Editor and manages the production process and editorial team, ensuring the weekly email, guides and news stories are in tip-top shape. He also regularly appears on radio and TV as a spokesperson for MSE. He joined MSE in December 2008 after a year as assistant producer on Martin Lewis' It Pays to Watch on Channel 5. Before that, he was a personal finance reporter at the Daily Mail.
7. Kirsty Good: Kirsty Good joins MoneySavingExpert.com from Sky News where she was business editor, responsible for all the business content across the channel, including mobile. Kirsty started her career at the BBC in local radio before specialising in business, economics and personal finance at national level almost 10 years ago. She produced key output throughout the financial crisis for the BBC's flagship News programmes including the Today programme and the News at Ten. Before leaving the BBC, Kirsty led the Business and Economics Unit at MediaCity editing output on BBC Breakfast and 5 live, including Wake Up to Money.