Newsweek has hired Matt McAllester as editor-in-chief of its Europe/Middle East/Africa edition, the magazine's parent company, IBT Media, announced Monday. McAllester, currently the editor of Time's European edition, will start his new role on Aug. 17.
“Newsweek’s EMEA edition and coverage are a critical piece of the global growth of Newsweek, so we are very excited to have Matt join our team in London to lead the charge in that region,” Johnathan Davis, co-founder and chief content officer for IBT Media, said in a statement.
McAllester’s hiring comes on the heels of what IBT media calls a “restructuring” of Newsweek's EMEA edition. On July 14, the company announced that it was streamlining its European and U.S. operations, in the process laying off EMEA’s eight London-based print staffers whose positions had become “redundant." Richard Addis, then the EMEA editor-in-chief, also announced his departure at the time, but said he would continue to advise IBT Media on business and editorial matters.
Unlike his predecessor, McAllester will report to Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jim Impocco, who said in Monday's statement that he and McAllester “are in complete sync about the opportunity for long form, hard-hitting, narrative journalism across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
“He has a deep and sophisticated grasp of the European conversation and is a risk-taking and entrepreneurial journalist and editor,” Impocco added.