Reach head of sport Allen completes restructure of national titles

Reach plc head of sport Mike Allen has restructured the sports department, which earlier this year moved from Canary Wharf to the Northern and Shell Building at Lower Thames Street, London.

The Mirror, Star and Express titles have been sharing content for more than a year and Allen has now finished organising the department.

He said: “We face unique challenges and the changes I have made will make the flow of information between the various areas of the the sports department – news, pictures, racing and digital – more orderly and efficient. With the new appointments, as well as the existing staff who remain in position, we have a fantastic team and can look to the future with optimism and excitement.”

Richard Morgans becomes Daily Mirror sports editor while Michael Martin is Daily Express sports editor and SJA committee member Howard Wheatcroft (left) remains Daily Star sports editor.

Andy Rose becomes head of sport content, overseeing all the print reporters and liaising closely with the digital teams.

Keith Webster becomes deputy head of sport content with Richard Lewis the new head of night sport content.

Gary Chappell, Simon Cass and Darren Witcoop become assistant sport content editors.

Neil Squires becomes chief sports writer for the Daily Express.

Harry Pratt becomes a staff sports reporter, attached to the Daily Star Sunday working three days a week.

Matt Lawless becomes head of digital sport, with responsibility for overseeing output of the Mirror, Star and Express  sports websites.

Jake Murtagh becomes digital sports editor of the Mirror while Bruce Archer has a similar role at the Express and Rhys Turrell the Star.

Dave Muir becomes head of sport pictures, overseeing the single desk covering all the department’s print and digital picture output. His deputy is Stuart Robinson.

Jason Heavey, based in Preston, becomes head of racing while Andy MacMorrin and Neil Randon join the staff as assistant racing editors and Chris Goulding becomes racing correspondent and The Scout, the Daily Express’s lead tipster. David Yates continues at Newsboy in the Mirror.

Bryan Walker joins the racing desk, working three days a week in Preston, while Danny Hall has reduced his commitment to one day a week.

Danny White, who turned Mirror racing pull-outs into SJA award winners, moves to the Daily Mirror backbench.

Racing desk staffers James Richardson and Stuart Brodkin leave the company after volunteering for redundancy. Charles Hussey has left the picture desk.

Reporters Tony Stenson and Steve Millar, stalwarts of ‘Fleet Street’ in the south and north, have both taken voluntary redundancy. 

Steve Nolan, Express deputy sports editor, Tim Gow, Express sports news editor,  and Jack Wilson, in charge of the Express and Star websites, have also left the company.


Mike Allen becomes head of sport of Reach plc national titles