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.
Time Out Editor Quits
Last Updated 25 February 2009