Bronwen Maddox appointed editor and chief executive of Prospect magazine
David Goodhart, who founded the magazine in 1995, and has been its editor since then, is becoming Prospect‘s editor-at-large. David Hanger, publisher of Prospect, said yesterday: “We are delighted to announce that Bronwen Maddox is joining us to take Prospect forward to its next stage. She is a brilliant journalist with authority and an international reputation, and also has a strong commercial background. She will expand the magazine’s reach and presence with great energy. David Goodhart, with immense imagination, intellect and determination, has created and developed Prospect into a powerful magazine with a circulation of 30,400 and a reputation for penetrating, unbiased political analysis and sophisticated cultural coverage.”
Jennifer Coombs, whose husband Derek Coombs backed David Goodhart in starting Prospect, said: “It is a pivotal moment in our history and a great opportunity to see the magazine move forward and evolve with fresh ideas.”
Bronwen Maddox leaves the Times, where she has been chief foreign commentator, writing on world news and economics. She has also been the Times’s foreign editor, US Editor and Washington bureau chief. Previously, she was at the Financial Times, where she led the newspaper’s award-winning investigation of Robert Maxwell, the publishing tycoon. Before becoming a journalist, she was a director of Kleinwort Benson Securities and a leading City analyst, helping raise the finance to start The Independent newspaper and other media ventures. She is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.
Bronwen Maddox said yesterday: “David has built Prospect into a superb title with an impressive reputation. I’m delighted to be taking over to drive it forwards to reach a wider audience and to put it on a solid commercial footing. There is a huge opportunity for a magazine which gives a voice to the argumentative centre-ground, and asks—and answers—the difficult questions of our day. Prospect can do this with lightness, wit, and a sense of cultural reach and vitality. I look forward to developing its range and reach over the coming months.”
Prospect is now the fastest-growing title of its kind. David Goodhart said: “I am thrilled that Bronwen Maddox has been chosen from a very strong field as my successor at Prospect magazine. Fifteen years ago when I founded the magazine not many people gave us a chance—but after many ups and downs we have reached a circulation of over 30,000 and shown that there is an appetite in Britain for an intelligent, essay-based, current affairs monthly. Bronwen has the intellectual, editorial and publishing skills to take Prospect to the next level—preserving the best of what we do now while also reaching out to a wider readership who want well-written, authoritative, independent-minded guidance through these confusing times. I will be staying at Prospect as editor-at-large to support the new editor and to write more for the magazine.”
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