Friday, April 18, 2008
The Latest from Total Politics
I thought as it's a light news day I'd give a little update on the progress of Total Politics, the magazine we're launching in June. There's a new temporary website at http://www.totalpolitics.com/ which should give a flavour of what we're up to. We have a team of ten working flat out on the first issue, led by our editor Sarah Mackinlay in conjunction with our executive editor Shane Greer and political editor Ben Duckworth.
We've also completed the lineup of our advisory board, whose remit is to feed in ideas for features and ensure that the magazine retains its editorial independence. The 12 person board is made up of David Trimble, Paddy Ashdown, Denis MacShane, David Davis, Shami Chakrabarti, Brian Brivati, Angus MacNeil, Andrew Mackinlay, Caroline Lucas, Guto Harri, Chris Huhne and Sir Simon Milton. Our advertising manager Malcolm Dunn is busy drumming up advertising business and our graphic design people have come up with some design work and page spreads.
We've appointed a PR firm to handle our pre launch PR and the launch event in late June. We have a network of correspondents all over the world, although we're still on the lookout for more. We have also appointed Scottish and Northern Irish correspondents, but have yet to find someone in Cardiff.
Anyway, as I say, the Total Politics website is temporary and we hope to appoint an agency this week to build the full site. We've got some great ideas for it - including a huge resource centre for everyone in politics, which I'll go into in more detail another time. Anyway, I'm not intending to give a running commentary on the whole launch, but I've had quite a few emails from people asking what's happening. If you'd like more regular updates register in the Contact box on the front page.