The Telegraph has poached Guardian sports writer Anna Kessel to head up a major new women’s sports initiative.
Telegraph Women’s Sport (TWS) is a multi-platform project, which the publisher says “promises unprecedented investment in and coverage of women's sport” by a UK title.
TWS will include an online channel and dedicated monthly print supplement, with the increased women’s content to be integrated into existing Telegraph channels and sections.
The project was launched alongside a manifesto based on a commitment to "transform the profile of women’s sport and its visibility in the media."
Here’s our @WomensSport @Telegraph manifesto for change. Excited that the vision is not simply more coverage (as great as that is ) but showcasing new voices and campaigning for change to make things better for women and girls— Anna Kessel (@Anna_Kessel) March 18, 2019
Women in Football co-founder Kessel will take on the role of Telegraph Women's Sport Editor, with Vicki Hodges appointed as her deputy. Two Women's Sport Reporters will be added to the team.
The Telegraph also announced Judy Murray, triple European sprint champion Dina Asher-Smith and Jordan Nobbs, the England football Vice-captain, as contributors to TWS.
Excited to announce that I am going to be a columnist for the @Telegraph + that it comes as part of their wider commitment to women’s sport this has loads of potential + will hopefully shine light on some incredible sporting feats that may have otherwise slipped under the radar pic.twitter.com/ATNEoBD67X— Dina Asher-Smith (@dinaashersmith) March 18, 2019
Commenting on her appointment, Kessel tweeted: “The revolution starts now. It’s a huge honour to be joining Telegraph Women’s Sport as their first ever Women’s Sports Editor, alongside a star-studded roster of voices. [I’m] excited to rewrite the script.”
Kessel has spent 15 years at the Guardian and Observer. A vocal campaigner for women’s sport, she co-founded Women in Football with Shelley Alexander in 2007 and authored ‘Eat, Sweat, Play: How Sport Can Change Your Life,’ which was published by Macmillan in 2016.
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