BT’s Willis takes a new platform at Mail Online

Dan Willis has been appointed assistant sports editor on Mail Online, as the paper continues to ramp up its digital coverage.

MailOnline logoWillis, who worked previously on BT’s Life’s a Pitch website, will be responsible for improving the Mail’s site, including commissioning and development of new products across all platforms – mobile, tablet and social media – as well as live event planning.

Willis said: “The Mail Online Sport team have big plans to keep growing and improving, so I plan to use all the digital skills and experience from my work on Life’s a Pitch to help them achieve this.

“It’s a really exciting time to be joining the Mail Online and I can’t wait to start playing my part in its success.”

Mail head of sport Lee Clayton has revamped online sports coverage in the last 12 months and Willis’s appointment is the latest in a bid to raise the paper’s web profile even further. Mail Online is seeking a social media editor.

Willis, who has a business and management degree, was a freelance reporter and sub-editor until he became deputy sports editor of BT Vision in 2007. A year later he was promoted to sports editor and in July 2011 became editor of BT’s football website Life’s a Pitch.

Life’s a Pitch has since come under the umbrella of the new BT Sport channels and evolved into a nightly television programme presented by former Mail columnist Des Kelly.

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