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Ellen Hammett 

Felicity Morse appointed digital news editor of i

Felicity Morse appointed digital news editor of i

Johnston Press has announced Newsbeat's Felicity Morse will become i's digital news editor when the new website launches next week.

Joining from BBC Radio 1's flagship news show, where she was social media editor, Morse will be responsible for driving traffic to - the first time i will have had a website - alongside building and expanding its online audience.

Last week Johnston Press, which bought i from ESI Media for £24 million earlier this year, unveiled its new 50-strong editorial team, with current editor Oliver Duff, who has edited i for the last three years, maintaining leadership when the first issue goes to print on Monday 11 April.

The majority of staff have been carried over from i (17) and The Independent, where it is estimated around 100 of the 160 journalists have lost their jobs. However, Johnston Press is reportedly looking to make more appointments this week.

Morse, who has also held roles at The Independent and The Huffington Post, said: "I can't wait to start working with the new team both on the launch of and growing the new site. It's a fantastic time to be involved in such a first-rate digital journalism project, offering readers interesting, original articles online.

"I want to create a news site that means you don't mind having a long commute, because you come off the train or bus feeling like you know more about the world."

Duff added: "I'm delighted that Felicity is joining the new i project. She is a brilliant journalist whose social expertise and passion for i will build an excited, engaged digital audience.

"Under Felicity's leadership, will attract people with shareable concise, quality content that complements i's award-winning print journalism. Expect serious news, mischief, and compelling stories."

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