Daily Mail city editor Alex Brummer has joined the Jewish News’ board as non-executive chairman as the newspaper continues its rapid growth.
The publication became the community’s biggest-distribution newspaper more than two years ago after being bought by communal philanthropist Leo Noé.
Award-winning journalist Brummer will be joined on the board by philanthropist Sir Mick Davis, who also chairs the Jewish Leadership Council, and Shimon Cohen, chairman of The PR Office.
Brummer, who has headed the Daily Mail’s financial coverage since 2000 and was previously assistant editor of The Guardian, said: “I am really thrilled to be taking a leadership role at Jewish News – a genuine community newspaper which has enriched Jewish journalism in Britain.
“In the coming weeks, months and years, I hope we can take the success of the past forward, reaching every corner of the community in print and online, deepening the quality and variety of reporting and comment and meeting the challenge of addressing an increasingly diverse and disparate Jewish population. I regard it as an enormous privilege to be involved.”
Brummer will also write a column for Jewish News, joining Jenni Frazer as a regular contributor. His first column is published this week.
Noé said: “We are very excited that Alex has agreed to both join our board and to become a regular columnist for Jewish News. We are proud to have secured the services of such a celebrated journalist who will add real experience.”
In 2015 the number of users of www.jewishnews.co.uk has grown month-on-month while the inaugural Jewish News UK-Israel Policy Conference, which brought leading figures including Silvan Shalom, Isaac Herzog and Yair Lapid to London this summer, is set to become an annual fixture.
Richard Ferrer, Editor Jewish News, who is also on the board with news editor Justin Cohen, said the paper “is proud to retain its communal heart and will continue to encourage involvement in Anglo-Jewry by partnering on major events and putting on many of our own”.
He added: “After a groundbreaking period, which has seen our audience grow significantly, we are looking forward to the coming 12 months with increased vigour and excitement.
“Alex brings a wealth of media, corporate and communal experience. His arrival as chairman of the board of Jewish News is a real coup that reinforces the brand’s reputation as the most ambitious and successful Jewish media organisation in the country.”