James Clench, The Sun‘s former head of news, has joined PR firm PHA Media.
At PHA, Clench will work on many accounts across all of the company’s divisions with a particular view towards top-of-the-line clients and online reputation management.
As head of news, his most recent role at The Sun, Clench managed a team of more than 50 news editors and reporters and, along with the editor, decided on the newspaper’s news agenda, balancing the demands of various stakeholders.
Prior to that, he has worked at The Sun as associate news editor, royal correspondent, senior news reporter, assistant news editor and news reporter.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining such an accomplished and well-respected agency as PHA Media. I’ve been impressed by the culture of innovation and expertise at the firm, which has clearly been integral in attracting so many top clients in recent years.
“There is a strong thread of journalistic knowledge which runs through PHA, from Phil Hall (chairman and founder of PHA down, to the great benefit of those clients.”
Phil Hall, chairman and founder of PHA Media, added: “James’s vast and varied journalistic experience and knowledge of the media will be invaluable to our clients here at PHA Media. We’re delighted to welcome him on board.”