Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Elton to Guest Edit the Independent on Dec 1

Sir Elton John is to guest edit the Independent in early December with a themed edition to raise awareness of World Aids Day.

John, who follows in the footsteps of U2 frontman Bono and designer Giorgio Armani, will also guest edit the Independent's cut price 20p spin-off i on 1 December. All circulation revenue from the publications will go to the Elton John Aids Foundation.

"I'm really looking forward to spending a day in the editor's chair and I'm pleased to get the chance to put the subject of Aids at the top of the editorial agenda," said John. He also intends to "enlist the help of prominent friends from showbusiness and politics".

The one-off edition will be published on World Aids Day with the aim of raising awareness of prejudice against HIV and the need to protect against transmission.

John will take over from Simon Kelner, the editor-in-chief of the Independent, selecting relevant news, features and commentary to highlight the World Aids Day campaign.

"Elton has been planning this issue for some time and he has quite a few surprises in store," Kelner said. "From football to music to politics and, of course, on the subject of Aids, Elton has much to say."

In the UK the Independent has had guest editors including Bono, who oversaw an edition to raise awareness of the Red movement to tackle Aids in Africa, in 2006.

The edition resulted in a sales rise of about 70,000 copies – a bigger sales lift than after the London bombings in July 2005.

- The Guardian

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