End of an era for Public Affairs News as editor moves to EurActiv

This month (November) marks the end of an era for Public Affairs News as editor Ian Hall is to leave after four-and-a-half years to join online media network EurActiv.

Ian Hall
Ian Hall

Hall – who joined Public Affairs News in 2007 from Haymarket title PR Week, where he spent six-and-a-half years – is due to start at EurActiv after this month’s Public Affairs News Awards.
EurActiv is a UK plc with a large Brussels network office, and affiliates in 15 other countries. After two months in Brussels, Hall will build EurActiv’s presence in London, initially co-locating with a prestigious organisation to be selected.
Christophe Leclercq, the online media network’s founder, said: “Given Ian’s knowledge of the public affairs sector, I am glad he will still be able to apply his industry insights via a different capacity in a media context.”
He added: “As an avid reader of PA News, I like how it bridges London and Brussels, and I wish the publication well.”
During Hall’s time at PAN, the magazine has relaunched with columnists and opinion pages, amplified its news coverage, transformed its online and social-media presence and significantly grown its awards. Hall was shortlisted at the prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards in 2010. He said: “I can’t think of a better job in trade journalism than covering the lobbying industry and have had a fantastic time. But it is now time for a new challenge, involving both London and Brussels, while remaining within the media and PA.”
Public Affairs News’s commercial publisher, Phil Eisenhart, said: “Since Ian arrived at Dods, Public Affairs Newshas firmly established itself in the psyche of PA professionals, both in-house and consultancy. They read it for its incisiveness and comprehensive coverage. How we replace a man who has single-handedly achieved so much I am not sure! I wish Ian all the best with EurActiv and look forward to working with him again.”

7th November 2011 by PAN staff

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