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Reuters names new global online editor

Reuters has created the new post of global editor for online and appointed Keith McAllister, a former CEO of a syndicated online content company, to the job.

He will be part of the multimedia and consumer media management teams and will oversee editorial and production of all online operations for Reuters News. He will be based in New York and report to Chris Cramer, global editor, multimedia.

McAllister will also be responsible for the packaging, programming and publishing of editorial content for Reuters News websites and retail customers.

The website Paid Content said his first priority will be to create multimedia products for existing and online operations in order to meet the increased challenges from Bloomberg and Associated Press, which have become more aggressive on the digital and video front.

“Case in point, at its annual meeting on Monday, the AP said it would ramp up e-commerce and mobile news products as it looks to find ways of drawing in more revenue.”

McAllister previously worked for online content firm Mochila, and before that was at CNN for 17 years, most recently as executive vice president and managing editor for national news gathering.

Cramer is a former president of CNN International. He joined Reuters last September with the task of overseeing multimedia projects including the website and acting as the main liaison between the news organisation and media business. ■

Washington Post