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Alistair Smith appointed acting editor of The Stage

Alistair Smith. Photo: Stephanie Methven
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Alistair Smith, currently deputy editor of The Stage, is to become acting editor following Brian Attwood’s departure.

As announced last week, Attwood will leave at the end of this month after 20 years as The Stage’s editor. Smith will become acting editor of both The Stage’s online and newspaper offerings from March 1.

His appointment forms part of a wider review of The Stage’s editorial offering, which was undertaken in 2013 and will also see an online editor appointed within the next six months.

The Stage managing director Hugh Comerford said: “I’m delighted that Alistair will become acting editor for both The Stage’s print and online offerings, while we begin our search for an online editor. He has risen through the ranks at The Stage over the last decade, and I’d like to congratulate him on this appointment, and look forward to working with him as we embark on what will be an exciting period for the company.”

Smith joined The Stage in 2004 as a reporter before becoming news editor in 2005 and then deputy editor in 2010. He has edited The Stage 100 list since 2005 and helped oversee the launch of the publication’s new iPad and digital edition last year.

He said: “I’m delighted to take on this role at what is a fascinating time for both The Stage and media companies more generally. I’m now looking forward to sharing with our readers many of the improvements that we’ve been working on over the last year.”

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