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The editor of the Irish Independent has been promoted – after nine months

Stephen Rae will be the Editor in Chief of the the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and the Herald.

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THE EDITOR of the Irish Independent newspaper has been promoted to the newly-created position of Editor in Chief of Independent News & Media’s (INM) Irish print titles.

Stephen Rae will now be responsible for the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent and the Herald, ensuring that the titles are “platform agnostic”.

The Irish Independent said Rae’s responsibilities would include making sure that the three titles were “structured, resourced and aligned for an increasingly digital future”.

Each paper will still retain its own editor, but Rae will be charged with ensure the titles are collaborative while still retaining their unique tone of voice and ethos.

A replacement as the Editor of the Irish Independent – a position Rae was appointed to only nine months ago – will be made in due course, INM said.

Rae told his current title that his role was “driving a collaborative change process impacting how we source, package and present content for the benefit of our consumers and advertisers”.

“Stephen’s performance as editor of the Irish Independent and the Evening Herald and his vision for an integrated, digitally adept and platform agnostic newsroom, has made him the standout candidate for this critically important role,” the paper quoted INM chief executive Vincent Crowley as saying.

“A key challenge for Stephen and our exceptional team of editors and journalists is to make our market leading content and great writers more accessible to consumers in a manner and at a price that sustains consumer engagement and the integrity and quality of our reportage.”

Rae had served as editor of the then-Evening Herald Prior to his appointment as editor of the Irish Independent, the country’s highest-selling daily paper. He was succeeded at the Herald by Claire Grady.

Rae’s tenure at the Irish Independent has already seen the paper cease its broadsheet edition, and be distributed only in a tabloid-sized ‘compact’ form.

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