Time Out Editor Quits

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By M@ Last edited 110 months ago
Time Out Editor Quits

Hot on the heels of Tim O'Toole, another important London figure has announced his resignation. Gordon Thomson, editor of Time Out, will step down at the end of March after four and a half years at the helm. Mark Frith, former editor of Heat, will lead the recruitment efforts for a replacement. The magazine cut 8% of its staff last year, and a change of editorship could be just the fillip the publication needs to reverse its fortunes. In our opinion, the brand needs two things - a strong, visible, possibly controversial character to give a public face to the magazine (a la Michael Hodges), and a much greater emphasis on online material (case in point: the Time Out blog - no RSS feed, three small lines of content above the fold...). The new editor will need to fight for change with very little money on the table, so we'd also expect someone with proven creative flair to be appointed. We'll watch this one with interest.

Last Updated 25 February 2009

DeanN

Won't miss Thompson... his bombastic "best city in the world" editorials and habit of crowbaring at least one hoary cliche (usually the one attributed to S Johnson) into every issue grated. A little uncomfortable about Mark Frith though... agreed on the second bit of advice though - the publication at times leans a little too heavily on the fine example set by our friend the ostrich when it comes to online activity.

Callum

I gave up my subscription to TO because Londonist (in conjunction with Google Reader) were doing everything except the pithy comment on sports fixtures, classical music listings, and "My Favourite Londoner" for free.

M@

Yeah, his editorials were just filler, really. No teeth. But I think he did a competent job behind the scenes. I really hope they get someone who puts themselves in the public eye a bit more.

Callum

(And yes, I'd be uncomfortable about Mark Frith as well)

M@

Cheers Callum. Yeah, you've hit the nail on the head with the things we're lacking. Anyone with a passion for sports or classical music...we'd love to hear from you.

xland

I agree with Callum: a combination of Londonist for news and the Saturday Guardian guide for listings is all I need. It grates that Time Out don't even bother to print cinema listings for those of us in zone 3 ("phone cinema for details": having paid £3 for a magazine I'd rather have hoped you could have done that for me!).

Having said that I have a gift subscription to TO so do still flick though it on the bog.

DeanN

They cut ALL their sports listings? Wow, that is a surprise, as I always thought they did a good job of covering the less flashy sporting events. Their sub-Premier League football stuff was usually decent.

www.tiredoflondontiredoflife.c

I agree they need to up their online content. For a start so much of it is not particularly time specific and I can never be bothered to keep old ones.

Their website as a whole is pretty odd too. Why do every article on about ten different pages? And why no decent twitter feed.

cakehole

I liked TO's shift away from celebrity cover stories towards more Londoncentric pieces based around themes, like subterranean London, markets, parks etc. This felt like interesting and useful information I wasn't getting anywhere else, and there's no shortage of pop and film stars elsewhere. Lately the slebs have been creeping back onto the cover, perhaps their new slant didn't sell, but I enjoyed it.