The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) today announces the appointment of Tim Faircliff, General Manager of Consumer Media at Thomson Reuters, as the new AOP co-Chair to take up the role from March 2009 until March 2010, working with current co-Chair Alison Reay, who was appointed in October 2008.

The co-Chair appointments, held jointly and announced at the AOP Summit in October last year, reduces the previously mandated two-year tenure to one year, with a seven month overlap. The joint chairmanship allows greater rotation in the role of representatives drawn from newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online only players, to truly reflect AOP’s diverse membership of the publishing industry.

Tim Faircliff leads the sales, marketing and development of Thomson Reuters’ multimedia news and information products available on digital media platforms including Reuters.com, mobile applications, and internet delivered television. Tim joined Reuters in 2005 from the Telegraph Media Group, where he worked for seven years in a number of digital media roles, most recently as general manager of telegraph.co.uk, managing all programming, development and marketing aspects of the site.

Alison Reay, AOP Chairman and Digital & Multi-Media Director Telegraph Media Group said, “I’m looking forward to working with Tim this year as we look to deliver AOP’s strategic objectives around industry events, networking forums and research insights; during what is no doubt going to be a formidable year for UK digital publishers.”

Alison joined the Telegraph Media Group in 2007, having previously worked as Managing Director at Titan Outdoor; and at Yahoo!

Tim Faircliff, incoming AOP co-Chair added, “Reuters has long supported AOP’s focused and varied efforts on behalf of online publishing. It is truly an honour to be appointed as co-Chair of such an impactful organisation, at such a crucial time for our industry.”

Simon Waldman, Director of Digital Publishing Guardian Newspapers Ltd was the Chairman of AOP since 2006, has now formally stepped down from the role.

Alison concluded, “It’s been fantastic working with Simon, and on behalf of AOP, I’d like to thank him for his unswerving work, tenacity and enthusiasm for the association.”

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Further information from:
Liz Somerville, Acting Director AOP 020 7400 7510 / liz.somerville@ukaop.org.uk
Lorette Nettar, PR AOP 07968 521 684 / lorette.nettar@ukaop.org.uk

About AOP
The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is the industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of companies from newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. The AOP raises awareness, lobbies and addresses concerns relating to all areas of online publishing to industry and Government; covering topics such as paid-for-content, online subscription models, data protection, copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement. AOP publishes original research including the annual Census now in its seventh year. It also hosts forums, conferences and events, where members can debate issues, meet peers and network.

AOP Members include AN Digital, Bauer Consumer Media, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, CBS Interactive, Centaur Media Plc, Channel 4 New Media, Condé Net UK, Dennis Publishing, Economist Group, Financial Times, Future, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group plc, Guardian News & Media, Haymarket Media Group, Hearst Digital, Incisive Media, Independent New Ventures, IPC Media, ITV, News International Ltd, PPA, Reed Business Information, Telegraph Media Group Ltd, Thomson Reuters, Trinity Mirror, TSL Education, Which? www.ukaop.org.uk

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in 93 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TRI); Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI); London Stock Exchange (LSE: TRIL); and Nasdaq (NASDAQ: TRIN). For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.

Published on: 6:54AM on 25th February 2009