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Newsquest appoints Mark Williams-Thomas

Mark Williams-Thomas, the journalist who exposed Jimmy Savile, is joining Newsquest as its group-wide investigations editor.

Newsquest appoints Mark Williams-Thomas
Mark Williams-Thomas: “For years now investigative journalism has been on the decline and so this is a really exciting opportunity to take on this new role of investigations editor for Newsquest.” Photograph: Supplied by Newsquest.

According to Newsquest, Mark is best known for exposing Savile as a paedophile in ‘The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’, a TV documentary he presented in 2012 which received awards and led to the Operation Yewtree police investigation.

The former police detective turned journalist has also presented ‘The Investigator: A British Crime Story’, an ITV and Netflix crime series, and currently hosts the ‘Fear or Favour’ podcast with former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, the publisher added.

Mark will be helping to develop Newsquest’s recently launched online true crime series 'Charged’, says the publisher, as well as working with the company’s investigations and crime journalists to produce multimedia content across its network of 200 news brands.

He said: “For years now investigative journalism has been on the decline and so this is a really exciting opportunity to take on this new role of investigations editor for Newsquest. Working with local and regional journalists we will focus on shining a light in the darkest of corners, holding people to account and bringing exciting and compelling new content to our readers, listeners, and viewers.”

Mark will report to Toby Granville, editorial development director at Newsquest who said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Mark is joining us in this new role. He has an amazing track record, and his appointment reinforces our commitment and dedication to investigative journalism.”