Former Birmingham Post editor Marc Reeves is launching a new business website. Reeves left the Post at the end of last year after the Trinity Mirror title switched from a daily to a weekly.
It is thought he could be launching a Midlands version of the TheBusinessDesk.com, the online business news service which covers Yorkshire and the North West. TheBusinessDesk.com was launched by David Parkin, former Yorkshire Post business editor, in November 2007 covering Yorkshire business news with the backing of a group of professional investors and entrepreneurs. It launched in the North West in September 2008. It now has 28,000 registered users, employs five journalists and sends out a daily email to subscribers.
Parkin raised £300,000 for the launch. Speaking at the recent NUJ 'New Ways to Make Journalism Pay' conference in London, he said that after 14 years as a newspaper journalists he realised: “I was working in a dying industry and worried that I’d end up on the scrapheap.”
Since he left the Post, Reeves has been appointed to sit on the panel to help the Government select the consortia to run the Indepently Funded News Consortia pilots.
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